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OPERA. 

B E I N G T H E 

SECOND PART 



^ O F T H E 



BEGGAR'S OPERA. 



Written by Mr. GAT, 



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PREFA 



AFTER Mr. Rich and I were agreed upon Terms 
and Conditions for bringing this Piece on the 
Stage, and that every thing was ready for aRe- 
hearfali the Lord Chamberlain fent an Order from the 
Country to prohibit Mr. Rich to fuffer any Play to be 
rehears'd upon his Stage, till it had been firft of all fu- 
pervis'd by His Grace. As foon as Mr. Rich came from 
His Grace's Secretary (who had fent for him to re- 
ceive the before mention'd Order) he came to my 
Lodgings, and acquainted me with the Orders he had 
received. 

Upon the Lord Chamberlain's coming to Town, I 
was confined by Sicknefs, but in four or five Days, l 
went abroad on purpofe to wait on His Grace with a 
faithful and genuine Copy of this Piece, excepting the 
Errata's of the Tranfcriber. 

It was tranfcrib'd in great Hafte by Mr. Stede the 
Prompter of the Playhoufe, that it might be ready 
againft His Grace's Return from the Country. As my 
lUnefs at that time would not allow me to read it over, 
I fince find in it many fmall Faults, and here and there 
a Line or two omitted. But left it fhould be faid I had 
made any one Alteration from the Copy I deliver'd to 
the Lord Chamberlain : I have caufed every Error in 
the faid Copy to be * printed (literal Faults excepted) 



* We refer the Reader to the Quarto Edition for thofe Errors and Emendations, 
which are trifling, and publifli'd only tor the Author's Juftificationj in reUtion 
50 ihe Copy he left wish she Lord Chamberlain. 



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and 



iv "PREFACE. 

and have taken Notice of every Omiflion. I have al- 
fo pointed out every Amendment I have made upon the 
Revifal of my own Copy for the Prefs, that the Reader 
may, at one View, fee what Alterations and Amend-. 
ments have been made. 

Excepting thefe Errors and Emendations, this Edi- 
tion is a true and faithful Copy, as I myfelf, in'my 
own Hand-writing, delivered it to Mr. Rich^ and af- 
terwards to the Lord Chambcrlaifi, for the Truth <jf 
which, I appeal to his Grace. 

As I have heard feveral Suggeftions and falfe Infiniia- 
tions concerning the Copy : I take this Occafion, in 
the moft folcmn manner to affirm. That the very Copy 
I delivered to Mr Rich was written in my own Hand, 
fome Months before, at the Bath, from my own firfl 
foul blotted Papers J from this that for the Playhoufe 
was tranfcribed, from whence the above-mention'd 
Mr. Stede copied that which I delivered to the Lord 
Chamberlain i and, excepting my own foul blotted 
Papers, I do proteit 1 know of no other Copy wha-t- 
foever, than thofe [ have mention'd. 

The Copy I gave into the Hands of Mr. Rich had 
been feen before by feveral Perfons of the greateft Di- 
llinftion and Veracity, who will be ready to do me the 
Honour and Juftice to atteft itj fo that not only by 
them, but by Mv. Rich and Mr. Stede, I can (againfl 
all Infinuation, or pofitive Affirmation) prove in the 
moft clear and undeniable manner, if Occafion required, 
what J have here upon my own Honour and Credit af- 
ferted. The Introdudion indeed was not fhewn to the 
Lord Chamberlain, which as 1 had not then quite fettled,! 
was never tranfcribed in the Playhoufe Copy. i 

'Twas on Saturday Morning, Dec. 7. 1728, that ij 
waited upon the Lord Chamberlain i I defir'd to haves 
the Honour of reading the Opera to His Grace, but' 
he ordcr'd me to leave it with him, which I did, up- 
on Expedation of having it return'd on the Monday 
following i but I had it not till Thurfday, Decemb. iz. 
When I receiv'd it frcm His Grace with this Answer, 



"P R E F A C E. V 

That it was not allow'd'to be a6led^ but commanded to be 
fupprefl. This was told me in general, without any 
Reafons afllgn'd, or any Charge againft me of my hav^ 
ing given any particular Offence. 

Since, this Prohibition, I have been told, that I am 
accufed in general Terms, of having written many dif- 
afFeded Libels and feditious Pamphlets. As it hath 
ever been my utmoft Ambition (if that Word may be 
us'd upon this Occafion) to lead a quiet and inoff^nfive 
Life, I thought my Innocence in this Particular would 
never have required a Juftificationj and as this kind of 
Writing is what I have ever detefted, and never pra- 
£tis'd, I am perfuaded fo groundlefs a Calumny can ne- 
ver be believ'd but by thole who do not know me. But 
when general Afperfions of this fort have been caft up- 
on me, I think myfelf call'd upon to declare my Prin- 
ciples} and I do with the flri£teft Truth affirm, that I 
am as loyal a Subject, and as firmly attach'd to the pre- 
fent happy Eftabliihment, as any of thofe who have the 
greateft Places or Penfions. I have been inform'd too, 
that in the following Play I have been charg'd with 
writing Immoralities} that it is fiU'd with Slander and 
Calumny againft particular great Perfons, and that Ma- 
jefty it felf is endeavour'd to be brought into Ridicule 
and Contempt. 

As I knew that every one of thefe Charges was, in 
every Point, abfolucely fiUe, and without the leaft 
Grounds, at firft I was not at all affected by them } but 
when I found they were fcill infifted upon, and that pOT- 
ticular Paflages, which were not in the Play, were 
quoted and propagated to fupport what had been fug- 
gefted, I could no ld^^,bear to' lye under thefe falfe 
Accufations } fo, by.^^^ting it, I have fubmitted and 
given up all prefent Wews of Profit which might ac- 
crue from the Stage, which undoubtedly will be fome 
Satisfaction to the worthy Gentlemen who have treat- 
ed me with fo much Candour and Humanity, and re- 
prefented me in fuch favourable Colours. 

- ■ _ ' But 



vi PREFACE. 

But ns I am confcious to myfelf, that my only Inten- 
tion was to lafti in general the reigning and fafliionable 
Vices, and to recommend and fet Virtue in as amiable 
a Light as I could ^ to juftify and vindicate my own 
Cbaraftcr, I thought myfelf obliged to print the Opera 
without Delay, in the Manner 1 have done. 

As the Play was principally defign'd for Reprefenta- 
tion, I hope, when it is read, it will be confider'd in 
that Light: And when all that hath been faid againft 
it, fhall appear to be entirely mifunderftood or mifre- 
prefented } if fome time hence it {hould be permitted 
to appear on the Stage, I think it neceflary to acquaint 
the Publick, that as far as a Contra£t of this kind can 
be binding, I am engag'd to Mr. Rich to have it repre- 
fcnted upon his Theatre. 

March 25. 1729. 




INTRO- 



INTRODUGTIO 

POET, PLATER. 

Poet. A Sequel to a Play is like more laft Words. TIs 
A\ a kind of Abfurdity; and really, Sir, you have 
prevail'd upon me to purfue this Subjed againi 
my Judgment. 

ift. Player. Be the Succefs as it will, you are fure of what 
you have contraded for; and, upon the Inducement of Gaia, 
no body can blame you for undertaking it. 

Poet. I know, I muft have been look'd upon as whimlical^ 
and particular, if I had fcrupled to have rifqu'd my Repatatiaai 
for my Profit ; for why fliould I be more fqueamiOi than mf 
Betters ? and fo, Sir, contrary to my Opinion I bring Polly 
once again upon the Stage. 

ifi. Player. Confider, Sir, you have Prepofleflion on your i],d«. 

Poet. But then the Pleafure of Novelty is loft ; and in a thio^ 
of this kind I am afraid I ihall hardly bepardon'd for imifatiog 
my felf ; for fure Pieces of this Sort are not to be followed as 
Precedents. My Dependance, like a tricking Bookfeller's, i% 
that the kind Reception the firft Part met with will carry off 
the fecond, be it what it will. 

iji. Player. You fhould not difparage your own Works; 
you will find Criticks enough who will be glad to do that for 
you: And let me tell you, Sir, after the Succefs you have had 
you muft exped Envy. 

Poet. Since I have had more Applaufe than I can deferve, I 
muft, with other Authors, be content, if Criticks allow me 
lefs. I mould be an arrant Courtier, or an arrant Beggar indeed, 
if as foon as I have received one undeferved Favour I (houli 
lay claim to another j I don't flatter my felf with the like Succefs, 

ift. Player. I hope, Sir, in theCataftrophe you have not run 
mto the Abfurdity of your laft Piece. 

Poet. I know that 1 have been unjuftly accus'd of having 
given up my Moral for a Joke, like a fine Gentleman in Con- 
verfation ; but whatever be the Event now, I will notfo much 
as feem to give up my Moral. 

ift. Player. Really, Sir, an Author fliould comply with the 
L-ultoms, and Tafte of theTown,-=«~l am indeed afraid too 
tot your Satyr here and ihere is roo free- A Man Oioiild be can- 

tious 



viii INTRODUCTION, 

tious how he mentions any Vice whatfoever before good Com- 
pany; left fomebody prefent Oiould apply it to himfelf. 

Poet. The Stage, Sir, hath the Privilege of the Pulpit to 

attack Vice, however dignified or diftingui(h'd ; and Preachers 

and Poets fliould not be too well bred i»sfid upon thefe Occafi- 

ons: No body can overdo it when he attacks the Vice and 

^not the Perfon. 

ift. Player. But how can you hinder malicious Applications ? 

Poet. Let thofe anfwer for 'em who make 'em. I aim at no 
particular Perfon; my Strokes are at Vice in general : But if 
any Men particularly vicious are hurt, I make no Apology, 
but leave them to the Cure of their Flatterers. If an Author 
write in Character, the lower People refled on ih€ Follies and 
Vices of the rich and great, and an Indian judges and talks of 
EMropeans by thofe he hath feen and convers'd with, is'c. And 
1 will venture to own that I wi(h every Man of Power or 
Riches were really and apparently virtuous, which would foon 
amend and reform the common People, who adi: by Imitation.! 

ijl. Player. But a little Indulgence and Partiality to the Vices 
of your own Country, without doubt, would be look'd upon 
as more difcreet. Though your Satyr, Sir, be on Vices in ge- 
neral, it muft and will give Offence; every vicious Man thinks 
you particular, for Confcience will make Self-application. 
And why will you make your felf fo many Enemies? I fay no 
more upon this Head. As to us, I hope you are fatisfy'd we 
have done all we could for you; for you will now have the 
.Advantage of all our beft Singers. 

Enter id. Player. 

2d. Player. 'Tis impoffible to perform the Opera to Nighr> 
all the fine Singers within are out of Humour with their Parts- 
The Tenor fays he was never offer'd fuch an Indignity, and in 
a Rage flung his clean Lambskin Gloves into the Fire; he 
fwears that in his whole Life he never did fing, would ling, 
or could fing but in true Kid. 

ijl. Player. Mufick might tame and civilize wild Beafts, but 
'tis evident it never yet could tame and civilize Muficians. 

Enter ^d. Player, 
^d. Player, Sir, StgnoraCrotchetta fays flie finds her CharaSer 
fo low that (he had rather die than fing it. 

ijl. Player. Tell her by her Contrad I can make her fing it. 

Enter Signora Crotchetta. 
Crotchetta. Barbarous Tramontane ! Where are all the Lovers 
of Firtul Will they not all rife in Arms in my Defence? make 

me 



INTRODUCriO N. ix 

me fing it! good Gods ! (hould I tamely fubmit to fach Ufjge, 
i fl-)Ould debafe my felf through all Europe. 

ijl. Player, in the Opera nine or ten Years ago, I remem- 
ber, Madam, you appear'd in a Charadter little belter than a 

Crotchetta, A Fifh ! monftrous ! Let me inform you, Sir, 
that a Mermaid or Syren is not many Removes fiom a Sea- 
Goddefs; or I had never fubmitted to be that FiOi which yoa 
are pleas'd to call me by way of Reproach. I have a Cold, 
Sir; 1 am lick. 1 don't fee why I may not be allow'd the Pri- 
vilege of Sicknefs now and then as well as others. If a Singer 
may not be indulg'd in her Humours, I am fure fhe will foon 
become of no Confequence with the Town. And fo. Sir, I 
have a Cold ; I am hoarfe. 1 hope now you are fatisfied. 

[_Exit Crotchecta in a Fur)\ 
"Enter ^tb. Player. 

4fth. Player. Sir, the bafe Voice infifls upon pearl colour'd 
Stockings and red-heel'd Shoes. 

ift. Player. There is no governing Caprfce. But how (hall 
we make our Excufes to the Houfe? 

^th. Player. Since the Town was lafl Year fo good as to 
encourage an Opera without Singers, the Favour i was thea 
fhewn obliges me to ofter my felf once mo^e, rather than the 
Audience Oiould be difmifs'd. All the other Comedians upon 
this Emergency are willing to do their bell, and hope for your 
Favour and Indulgence. 

ift. Player. Ladies and Gentlemen, as we wifh to do every 
thing for your Diverlion, and that Singers only will come 
when they will come, we beg you to excufe this unforefeen 
Accident, and to accept the Propofal of tne Comedians, who 
rely wholly on your Courtefie and Protection. {^Exeunt^ 



The OUVERTURE. 



B Drama- 



Dramatis Perfon^. 



MEN. 

Ducat. 

Morano. 

VanderblufE 

Capftern, 

Hacker. 

Culverin. 

Laguerre. 

Cutlace, 

Pohetohee. 

Cawwawkee. 



Servants^ Indians, Tyrates, Guards^ &c. 



WOMEN. 

Polly. 

Mrs. Ducat. 
Trapes. 
Jenny Diver. 
Flimzy. 
Damans. 



SCENE, In the Weft Indies, 




POLLT: An OPERA. 



ACT I. SCENE I. 
SCENE Ducat's Houfi. 



DUCAT. 



r R yi P E S. 



rrap. r 



1 



^ H O* you were born and bred, nnd live in 
the Indies^ as you are a Subject of Britain 
you fhou'd live up to our cuftc»rns. Prodiga- 
lity there, is a fafliion that is ai^iong all ranks 
of People. Why, our very younger Brothers puOi themfelves 
into the polite world by fqaandering more than they are worth. 
You are wealthy, very wealthy, Mr. Ducat; and 1 grant yon, 
the more you have, the tafte of getting more fliould grow Wron- 
ger upon you. 'Tis juft fo with us. But then the richeft of 
our Lords and Gentlemen, who liveelegijntly, always run out. 
'Tis genteel to be in debt. Your luxury fhould diftinguifli you 
from the vulgar. You cannot be too expenlive in your pleafures. 

A I R I. The Difappointed Widow. 

The Manners of the Great offeSi, 

Stint not your Pleafure : 
If CoufcieKce had their Gemus check ^ 

Hqu) got they Treafure ? 

.1.^ B 2 The 



n TOLL T: 

The more in Debt^ run in Debt the more^ 

C areiefs vjho is undone'. 
Morals and Honejly leave to the Poor, 
. As they do at London. I 

Due. I never thought to have heard thrift laid to my charge. I 
There is not a man, though I fay it, in all the Indies wno lives , 
more plentifully than my felf; nor enjoys the necelTaries of life [ 
in f-> handfome a maimer. 1 

Trap. There it is now Who ever heard a man of fortune j 
in England talk of the neceifaries of life? If the necelTaries of I 
life would have fatisfied fuch a poor body as me, to be fare I | 
had never come to mend my fortune to the Plantations. Whe- | 
ther v»x can afford it or no, we muft have fuperfluities. We 
never iiinc our expence to our own fortunes, but are miferable 
if we do not live up to the profufenefs of our neighbours. If 
we could content ourfelves with thenecelTaries of life, no man 
alive need ever be diflionell. As tO'Wemannow; vvhy, look 
je, Mr. Ducat, a man hath what we may call every thing that 

is neceilary in a Wife. . .•- . - 

Due. Ay, and more! 

Trap. But for all that, d'ye fee, your married men are my 
bell Cullomers. It keeps wives upon their good behaviours. 
Due. But there are jealoufies and family Ledures, Mrs. Trapes, 
Trap. Blefs us ail! how little are our cuftoms known on 
this (ide the herring-pond! Why, Jealoufy is out of fafhion, i 
even among our common country gentlemen. I hope you are 
better bred than to be jealous. A husband and wife (hould have 
a mutual complaifance for each other. Sure your wife is not 
fo unreafonable to exped to have you always to her felf. 

Due. As I have a good eftate, lAis.Trapes^ I would willing- 
ly run into every thing that is fuitable to my dignity and for- 
tune. No body throws himfelf into the extravagancies of , 
life with a freer Spirit. As to confcience and mu(ty Morals, I 
I have as few drawbacks upon my profits or pleafures as any 
man of quality in England; in thofe I am not in the leaft vul- 
gar. Bclides, Madam, in moft of my expences I run into I 
the polite talle. I have a fine library of books that I never ; 
read; I have a fine Oable of horfes that 1 never ride; I build, I 
I buy place, jewels, pidures, or any thing that is valuable and ' 
curious, as your great men do, meerly out of oflentation. 
But indeed I mjjft own, I do jlill cohabit with my wife; and , 
f]]e isveryuneafy and vexatious upon accountof my vifits to you. ■ 

Trafj. Indeed, indeed, Mr, Ducai, you fhould break thro' all 
this ufarpation at once, and keep — Now too is your time; for ' 
I have a frefh Cargo of Ladies juft arriv'd; no body alive (liall 
Il't eyes upon 'em till you have provided your felf. You fhould 

keep 



^« O P E R A. 5 

keep your Lady in awe by your Maid ; place a handfome 
fprightly Wench near your Wife, and flie will be a Spy upon 
her into the bargain. I would have you (hew your felf a fine 
Gentleman in every thing. 

Due. Bat I'm fomewhat advanced in Life, Mrs. Trapes^ 
and my Duty to my Wife lyes very hard upon me. I muft 
leave Keeping to younger Husbands and old Batchelors. 

Trap. There it is again now ! Our very vulgar purfue plea- 
fures in the fiufli of youth and inclination; but our great Men 
are modiflily profligate when their appetite hath left 'em. 

AIR II. The Iriih Ground, 

Bass. 

Due. What can Wealth 
When we're oidl 
Touth and Health 
Are not fold. : .■ 

Treble. 
Trap. When Love in the Pulfe beats low- 
As haply it may with you, 
A Girl can frep Touth bejiow^ ,- 

And kindle Dejire anew. 
Thus numbed in the Brake^ ' 

Without Motion., the Snake 
Sleeps cold Winter away i 
But in ev'ry Vein 
Life quickens again 
On the Bofom of May, 

We are not here, I muft tell you, as we are at London, where 
we can have freih goods every week by the waggon. My 
maid is again gone aboard the VefTel ; (he is perfedly charm'd 
with one of the Ladies; 'twill be a credit to you to keep her. 
I have obligations to you, Mr^ Ducat, and I would not part 
with her to no man alive but your felf. If I had her at Lon- 
don, fuch a lady would be fufficient to make my fortune; but 
in truth, (he is not impudent enough to make herfelf agreeable 
to the failors in a publick-houfe in this country. By all ac- 
counts, (he hath a behaviour only fit for a private family. 

Due. But how fijall I manage matters with my wife ? 

Trap. Juft as the fine gentlemen do with us. We could 
bring you many great precedents for treating a wife with in- 
diiference, contempt, and negled; but that, indeed, would 
be running into too high life. I would have you keep fome 

decency 



4 TOLL T: 

decency, and ufeher with civility. You fliould be fo obliging 
as to leave her to her liberties, and take them too your felf. 
Why, all our fine ladies, in what they call pin-money, have 
no other views; 'tis what they all expeS. 

Due. But I am afraid it will be hard to make my wife think 
like a Gentlewoman upon this Subjed ; fo that if I take her, 
I muft aft difcreetly, and keep the atfair a dead f°cret. 

Trap. As to that. Sir, you may do as you pleafe. Should it 
ever come to her knowledge, cuftom and education perhaps 
may make her at firft think it fomewhat odd. But this I can 
affirm with a fafe Confcience, that many a Lady of Quality 
have Servants of this fort in their Families, and you can atford 
an Expence as well as the bed of 'em. 

Diic. I have a F'ortune, Mrs. Trapes^ and would fain make 
a faibionable Figure in Life; if we can agree upon the Price, 
I'll take her into the Family. 

Trap. I am glad to fee you fling your felf into the polite 
Tafte with a Spirit. Few, indeed, have the Tun^s or Talents 
to get Money ; but fewer know how to fpend it handfomely 
after they have got it. The Elegance of Luxury confifts in 
Variety ; and Love requires it as much as any of our Appetites 
and FalTions j and there is a time of Life when a Man's Ap- 
petite ought to be whetted by a Delicacy. 

Due. Nay, Mrs. Trapes^ now you are too hard upon me. 
Sure you cannot think me fuch a Clown as to be really in 
Love with my Wife ! We are not fo ignorant here as you ima- 
gine; why, 1 married her in a reafonable way, only for her 
Money, 

AIR IIL Noel Hills. 

He that weds a Beauty^ 

Soon will find her cloy ; 
When 'Pleasure grows a Duty^ 

Farewel Love and jfoy. 
He that weds for Treafure^ 

Tho^ he hath a Wife, 
Hath chofe one lajling PleafurCj 

la a Marrfd Life. 

SCENE IL 

Ducat, Trapes, Damaris. 
Ducat. Damaris (^calling at the Door) Damaris, I charge you 
not to ftir from the Door, and the Inftant you fee your Lady 
at a didance returning from her walk, befure to give me notice. 

Trap. She 



An OPERA. 5 

Trap. She is in mod charming Rigging ; flie won*t coft you 
a Penny, Sir, in Clothes, at firft fetting out. But alack a day ! 
no Bargain could ever thrive with dry Lips. A Glafs ot Li- 
quor makes every thing go fo glibly. 

Ducat. Here, Damaris^ a Glafs of Rum for Mrs. Dye, (Da- 
maris goes out, and returns with a Bottle and Glafs.) 

Trap. But, as i was faying, Sir, I would not part with her 
to any body alive but your felf ; for, to be fure, I could turn 
her to ten times the Profit by Jobbs and Chance-Cuftomers. 
Come, Sir, here's to the young Lady's Health. 

SCENE III. 

Ducat y Trapes., Flimzy. 

Trap. Well, Flimzy; are all the Ladies fafely landed, and 
have you done as I order'd you ? 

Flim. Yes, Madam. The three Ladies for the Run of the 
Houfe are fafely lodg'd at home; the other is without in the 
Hall to wait your Commands. She is a mod delicious Crea- 
ture, that's certain. Such Lips, fuch Eyes, and fuch Flefli and 
Blood ! If you had her in London, you could not fail of the 
Cuftom of all the foreign Minifters. As I hope to be fav'd. 
Madam, 1 was forc'd to tell her ten thoufand Lies before I 
could prevail upon her to come with me. Oh Sir, you are 
the moft lucky, happy Man in the World ! Shall 1 go call 
her in ? 

Trap. 'Tis neceflary for me firft to inftru6l her in her Du- 
ty and the Ways of the Family. The Girl is bafhful and 
modeft, fo I muft beg Leave to prepare her by a little private 
Converfation ; and afterwards, Sir, 1 fliall leave you to your 
private Converfations. 

Flim. But I hope, Sir, you won't forget poor Flimzy ; for 
the richeft Man alive could not be more fcrupulous than i 
am upon thefe Occafions, and the Bribe only can make me 
cxcufe it to my Confcience. I hope, Sir, you will pardon 
my Freedom. {He gives her Money. 

AIR IV, Sweetheart, think upon me. 

My Confcience is of courtly Mold 

Fit for highefi Station : 
lVhere*s the Hand, ivhen touched iviih Gold, 

Proof againji Temptation"^. {Ex,¥\\miy. 

Due, We can never fufficiently encourage fach ufeful 
Qualifications, You will let me know when you are ready 
for me, 

O v^ J^ XN iL 



n "P L L T: 

SCENE IV. 

'Trap, I wonder I am not more wealthy; for, o' my Con- 
fcience, I have as few Scruples as thofe that are ten thoufand 
times as rich. But alack-a-day ! I am forc'd to play at fmall 
Game. 1 now and then betray and ruine an innocent Girl; 
and what of that? Can I in Gonfclence expedt to be equally 
rich with thofe who betray and ruine Provinces and Coun- 
tries ? In troth, all their great Fortunes are owing to Situati- 
on ; as for Genius and Capacity I can match *em to a Hair: 
Were they in my Circumftance they would a61: like me ; were 
I in theirs, I fliould be rewarded as a mofl profound pene- 
trating Politician. 

A I R V. 'Twas wichin a Furlong, 

• ' ■ In Pimps and Politicians 

-I ' The Genius is the [aw? i 
"Both raife their own Conditions 
On others Guilt and Shame. 
., ;• . IVith a Tongue well tipt with Lies^ 

. ' . Each the Want of Parts fupplies. 

And with a Heart that'*s all Dijguife, 
Keeps his Schemes unknown, 
. ' r Seducing as the Devil^ 

They play the Tempter'' s Party 
And have^ when mojl they''re civil, 

Moji Mi/chief in their Heart. 
Each a fecret Commerce drives^ 
Firji corrupts^ and then ctnnives. 
And by his Neighbour'' s Ibices thrives^ i 

For they are all his own. 

SCENE V. 

Trapes., Flimzy^ Polly. 

Trap. Blefs my Eye-light ! what do I fee? f am in a Dream, 
or it is Mifs Polly Peachum. Mercy upon me ! Child, what 
brought you on this Side of the Water ? 

Polly. Love, Madam, and the Misfortunes of our Family. 
But I am equally furpriz'd to find an Acquaintance here ; you 
cannot be ignorant of my unhappy Story, and perhaps from 
you, Mrs. Dye., I may receive fome Information that may be 
ufeful to me. 

Trap. You need not be much concern'd, Mifs Polly, at s 
Sentence of Tranfportation ; for a young Lady of your Beau- 
ty hath wherewithal to make her Fortune in any Country. 

Polls. Par 



^;^ O P E R A. 7 

Polly. Pardon me, Madam, you miftake me. Though I 
was educated among the moft profligate in low Life, 1 never 
engag'd in my Father's Affairs as a Thief, or a Thief-catcher, 
for indeed I abhorr'd his Profeffion. Would my Papa had never 
taken it up, he then ftill had been alive, and 1 had never 
known Macheath ! 

AIR VI. Sortez de vos recraitss. 

She who has felt a real Pain 

By Cupid'j Dart^ 
Finds that all Absence is in vain 

"To cure her Heart: 
''Tho' from my Lover caji 

Far as from Pole to Pole^ 
Still the pure Flame muft laj}^ 
For Love ts in the Soul. 

You muft have heard, Madam, that I was unhappy in my 
Marriage. When Macheath was tranfported, all my Peace was 
banifhed with him ; and my Papa's Death hath now given me 
Liberty to purfue my Inclinations. 

'trap. Good lack-a-day ! poor Mr. Peachnm ! Death was fo 
muchoblig'd to him, that I wonder he did not allow him a Rt« 
prieve for his own Sake. Truly, 1 think he was oblig'd to no 
body more, except the Phyficians; but they die, it Teems, too. 
Death \s very impartial; he takes all alike, Friends and Foes. 

Polly. Every monthly Seflions-paper, like the Apothecary's 
Files (if I may make the Comparifon) was a Record of his 
Services. But my Papa kept Company with Gentlemen, and 
Ambition is catching. He was in too much Halle to be rich. 
I wifh all great Men would take warning. 'Tis now itwtn. 
Months fince my Papa was hang'd. 

Trap. This will be a great Check indeed to your Men of 
enterprizing Genius; and it will be unfafe to pufh at making 
a great Fortune, if fuch Accidents grow common. But fure. 
Child, you are not fo mad as to think of ioWoyN'm''^ Macheath . 

Polly. In following him I am in Purfuit of my Quiet. I 
love him, and, like a troubled Ghoft, fhall never be ac red till 
I appear to him. If I can receive any Information of him 
from you, it will be a Cordial to a VVretch in Defpair. 



»T 



Trap. My dear Mifs Polly., you muft not think of it. 
now above a Year and a Half fince he robb'd his Mailer, ran 
away from the Plantation, and turn'd Pyrare. Then too what 
puts you beyond all Polfibility of Redrefs, is, that iince he 
came over he married a tranfported Slave, one Jar^^y Diver ^ 

G and 



8 T O L L T: 

and (he is gone off with him. You muft give over all thoughts 
of him, for he is a very Devil to our Sex ; not a Woman 
of the greateft ViVacity ihifts her Inclinations half fo fart as he 
can. Befidcs, he would difown you ; for, like an Upftart, he 
hates an old Acquaintance. I am forry to fee thole Tears, 
Child, but I love you too well to flatter you. 

Polly. Why have 1 a Heart fo conftant? cruel Love ! 

AIR VII.. O waly, waly, up the Bank. 

Farevjel, farewely all Hope of Blifs^ 

For VoWy always muji be thine : 
Shall then my Heart be never his, 
^ IVhich never can again be mine ? 

I Love^ you play a cruel Part, 

Thy Shaft Jlill Jeflers in the H^ound^ I 

Ton Jhould reward a confiant Hearty 
Since "'tis alas ! fofeldom found. 

Trap. I tell you once again, MKs Polly, you muft think no 
more of him. You are like a Child who is crying after a , 
Butterfly, that is hopping and fluttering upon every Flower 
in the Field ; there is not a Woman that comes in his Way 
but he muft have aTafte of; befides, there is no catching him. 
But, my dear Girl, I hope you took Care, at your leaving 
Eniliind, to bring off wherewithal to fupport you. 

Polly. Since he is loft, I am infenfible of every other Mif- 
fortune. I brought, indeed, a Sum of Money with me, but 
my Cheft was broke open at Sea, and I am now a wretched. 
Vagabond, expos'd to Hunger and Want, unlefs Charity re- 
lieve me. 

Trap Poor Child I Your Father and I have had great Deal- 
ings together, and I fhall be grateful to his Memory. I will . 
look upon you as my Daughter; you fhall be with me. 

Polly. As foon as 1 can have Remittances from England, I 
fhall be able to acknowledge your Goodnefs. I have ftill Five 
Hundred Pounds there, which will be return'd to me upon 
Demand ; but I had rather undertake an honeft Service, that 
might afford me a Maintenance, than be burthenfom to my 
Friends. 

Trap. Sure never any thing happen'd fo luckily! Madam 
Z)//a7i^ juft now wants a Servant, and I know fhe will take my 
Recommendation ; and one fb tight and handy as you, muft 
pleafe her: Then too her Husband is the civilert, beft-bred 
Man alive. You are now in her Houfe, and I won't leave 
ir, till I have fettled you. Be chearful, my dear Child, for 
who knows but all thefe Misfortunes may turn to your Ad- 
vantage ? 



Jn OF EK A. 9 

vantage? You are in a rich creditable Family, and, I dare fay, 
your Perfon and Behaviour will foo^i make you a Favourite. 
As to Captz'm Macheath^ you may now fafely look upon your 
felf as a Widow, and who knows, if Madam Ducat Oiould 
tip off, what may happen ? I fliall recommend you, MifsPo//)', 
as a Gentlewoman. 

AIR VIII. O Jenny, come tye me. 

Defpair is all Folly, 

Hence Me lane holly, 
ForUtne attends you while Youth is in Fldvj'ri 

By Beauty^s Pojfejfion 

Us'd with Discretion, 
Woman at all times has Joy in her Pow''r. 

Polly. The Service, Madam, you otfer me, makes me as 
happy as I can be iii my Circumftance, and I accept of it with 
Ten Thoufand Obligations. 

Trap. Take a Turn in the Hall with my Maid for a Minute 
or two, and I'll take care to fettle all Matters and Conditions 
for your Reception. Be affur'd, Mifs Po/^, I'll do my bell 
for yoB. 

S G E N E VI. 

Trapes, Ducat. 

Trapes. Mr. Ducat, Sir, You may come in. I have had 
this very Girl in my Eye for you ever lince you and I were 
firft acquainted ; and to be plain with you, Sir, 1 have run 
great Rifques for her. I had many a Stratagem, to be fure, to 
inveigle her away from her Relations ! (he too herfclf was ex- 
ceeding difficult. And I can allure you, to ruine a Girl of 
fevere Education is no fmall Addition to the Pleafure of our 
fine Gentlemen. I can be anfwerable for it too, that you w;!l 
have the firlt of her. I am fure 1 could have difpos'd of her 
upon the fame Account, for at leaft a Hundred Guineas to an 
Alderman of London; and then too I might have had the Dif- 
pofal of her again, as foon as fhe was out of Keeping ; but 
you are my Friend, and I Ihall not deal hard with you. 

Due. Rut if I like her I would agree upon Terms before- 
hand ; for fhould I grow fond of her, I know you have the 
Confcience of other Trades-people, and would grow more 
impofing; and I love to be upon a Certainty. 

Trap. Sure you cannot think a hundred Piftoles too much ; 
I mean for me. I leave her wholly to your Generolity. Why 
your fine Men, who never pay any body elfe, pay their Pimps 
and Bawds well; always ready Money. I ever dealt confci- 
cntioufly, and fet the loweft' Price upon my Ladies ; when 

C i you 



lo "POLLY: 

you fee her, I am fure you will allow her to be as choice al 
Piece of Beauty as ever you laid Eyes on. 

Due. But, dear Mrs. Dye^ a hundred Pi doles fay you? why, 
I could have half a do2,en Negro PrincefTes for the Price. 

Trap. But fure you cannot exped to buy a fine handfomei 
Chriflian at thai Pvate. You are not us'd to fee fuch Goods 
on this Side of the Water. For the Women, like the Clothes, 
are all tarnifli'd and half worn out before they are fent hither- 
Do but call your Eye upon her, Sir ; the Door (lands half open ; 
fee yonder (he trips in Converfation with my Maid Flimzy in 
the Hail. 

Due. Why truly I muft own fhe is handfome. 

Trap. Blefs me, you are no more mov'd by her, than if 
Ihe were your Wife. Handfome! what a cold Husband-like 
Exprelilon is that! nay, there is no harm done. If I take her 
home, 1 don't quellion the making more Money of her. She 
was never in any body's Houfe but your own fince (he was 
landed. She is pure, as (he was imported, without the leaft 
Adulteration. 

Dnc. i'il have her. Pll pay you down upon the Nail. You. 
ihall leave her with me. Come, count your Money, 'Nlxs.Dye. 

Trap. What a Shape is there ! (he's of the (inert Growth. 

Due. You make me mif-reckon. She even takes off my 
Eyes from Gold. 

Trap Wnat a curious Pair of fparkling Eyes ! 

Due. As vivifying as the Sun. I have paid you ten. 

Trap. What a racy Flavour muft breathe from thofeLips! 

Due. 1 want no provoking Commendations. I'm in youth; 
I'm on f]re ! twenty more makes k thirty ; and this here makes 
it jult fifty. 

Trap. What a mod inviting Complexion! how charming 
a Colour! In (hort, a tine Woman has all the Perfedioqs 
of fine Wine, and is a Cordial that is ten times as refto- 
jrative. 

Due. This fifty then makes it jull the Sum. So now,' 
Madam, you may deliver her up. 

SCENE VII. 

Ducaty Trapes., Damaris. I 

Dam. Sir, Sir, my Miftrefs is juft at the Door. {Exit, \ 

Due. Get you out of the way this Moment, dear Mrs. Dye ; 

for I would n&i have my Wife fee you. But don't ftir out 

of the Houfe till I am put in PoflelTion. I'll get rid of her 

immediately. (£jr/> Trapes . 

S C E N E 



An O V E K A. n 

SCENE VIII. 

Ducat, Mrs. Ducat. 
Mrs. Due. I can never be out of the way, for an Hour or 
fo, but you are with that filthy Creature. If you were young, 
and I took Liberties, you could not ufe me worfe; you could 
nor, you bealtly Fellow. Such Ufage might force the moft 
virtuous Woman to Refentment. I don't fee why the Wives 
in this Country fhould not put themfelves upon as eafy a Foot 
as in England. In fliort, Mr. Ducat^ if you behave yourfelf 
like an Englip Husband, I will behave my felf like an Englijh 
Wife. 

AIR IX. RedHoufe. 

/ ixi'tll have my Humours^ Vll pleafe all my Sctifes^ 
I will not be ftinted — in Love^ or Expences : 
ril drefs with Profujion^ Vll game without Meafure ; 
ToH pall have the Bus^nefi^ I will have the Pleafure. 
Thus ev'ry Day Vll pafs my Life, 
My Home jhall be my leafi Re fort, 
' For fure ^tis fitting, that yottr Wife 
Should copy Ladies of the Court, 

Due. All ihefe things I know are natural to the Sex, my 
Dear. . But |;Iusbands, like Colts, are reftif, and they require 
a long time to break 'em. Befides, 'tis not the Fadiion as ver, 
for Husbands to be govern'd in this Country. That Tongue 
of yours, my Dear, hath not Eloquence enough to perfuado 
me out of my Reafon. A Woman's Tongue, likeaTrumpec, 
only ferves to raife my Courage. 

A I R X. Old Orpheus tickl'd, ^c. 

When Billows come breaking on the Strand, 
The Rocks are deaf, and unpaken Jiand : 
Old Oaks can defy the Thunder'' s Rvar, 
But I canftand Woman'' s Tongue, that's more, 
I can Jland Woman"" s Tangue, that's murc% 

With a Twinkum, Twankam, Twang. 

With that Weapon, Women, like Pyrates, are at War wirh ' 
the whole World. But I thought, my dear, year Pride would 
have kept you from being jealous. 'Tis the whole Bufiuers of 
my Life to pleafe you; but Wives are like Children, the iTiore 
they are ilatter'd and humour'd, the more perverfe they are» 
Here now have I been laying out my Money, purtly to n:!akie 
yoyi a Prefent, and 1 have nothing but thefe Fieaks p.nd Re- 

sfoachea 



12 TOLLY: 

proaches in Return. You wanted a Maid, and I have bought 
you the handiell Creature; fhe will indeed make a very credita- 
ble Servant. 

Mrs. Ducat. I will have none of your Huffies about me. 
And fo, Sir, you would make me your Convenience, your 
Bawd. Out upon it! 

Ducat. But I bought her on purpofe for you, Madam. 

Mrs. Ducat. For your own filthy Inclinations, you mean. 
I won't bear ir. What ! keep an impudent Strumpet under 
my Nofe I Here's fine Doings indeed ! 

Ducat. I will have the Diredions of my Family. 'Tis my 
Pleafure it (hall be fo. So, Madam, be fatisfy'd. 

AIR XI. Chrift^Church Bells. 

iVhen a IVom an jealous grows., 
Farewel all Peace of Life ; 
Mrs. Ducat. ^^^ ^'^'' Man roves., 

He jhou'd pay what he owes^ 
And with her Due content his IVife, 
Ducat. ^Tis Man^s the weaker Sex to fway; 

Alrs.Dnc^t. JVe too^ whenever we liji, obey. 

Ducat. ^7'isjuftandfit 

Toil Jhould fubmit\ 
Mrs. Ducat. 3ut^ fujeet kind Husband^ not to Day. 

Ducar. Let your Clack be Jlill. 

Mrs. Ducat. Not till I have my Willi 

If thus you Reafon flight., 
'There's never an Hour, 
IVhile Breath has Pow'r^ 
fB'ut I will affert my Right. 

Would I had you in England \ I (hould have all the Women 
there rile in Arms in my Defence. For the Honour and Pre- 
rOf^ative of the Sex, they would not fuffer fuch a Precedent of 
Submiillon. And i'o., Mr. Ducat, I tell you once again, that 
you lliall keep your Trollops out of the Houfe, or I will not 
itay in it. 

Ducat. Look'ee, Wife, you will be able to bring about no- 
thing by pouting and Vapours. I have Refolulion enough to 
withttand either Obftinacy or Stratagem; and I will break this 
jealous Spirit of yours, before it gets a Head. And fo, my 
Dear, 1 order, that, upon my Account, you behave yourfelf 
to the Girl as you ought. 

Mrs. Ducat. 1 wi(h you would behave yourfelf to your Wife 
as you ought; that is to fay, with good Manners and Com- 
pliance;. And fo, Sir, I leave you and your Minx together. 

1 lell 



j^n O P ER a: 13 

I tell you once again, that I would fooner die upon the Spot, 
than not be Miftrefs in my own Houfe. {Extf in a Pajfion. 

SCENE IX. 

Ducaty Damaris. 

Ducat. If by thefe perverfe Humours I (hould be forc'd to 
part with her, andallowher a feparate Maintenance; the thinf; 
is fo common among People of Condition, that it could nor 
prove to my Difcredit. Family Divifions, and matrimonial 
Controverfies, are a kind of Proof of a Man's Riches; for 
the poor People are happy in Marriage out of Neceflity, be- 
caufe they cannot afford to difagree. Damaris^ faw you my 
Wife ? {Enter Damaris. 

Is Ihe in her own Room, What faid flie? Which Way went 
Ihe? 

Dam. Blefs me, I was perfectly frighten'd, (he look'd fo 
like a Fury ! Thank my Stars, I never law her look fo before 
in all my Life; tho' mayhap you may have feen her look fo be- 
fore a thoufand times. Woe be to the Servants that fall in 
her Way ! I'm fure I'm glad to be out of it. 

A I R XII. Chefhire Rounds. 

When Kings by their huffing 
Have blown up a Squabble^ 
J II the Charge and Cuffing 
hight upon the Rabble z 
Thus when Man and IVife, 
By their mutual Snubbing.^ 
Kindle Civil Strife, 
Servants get the Drubbing. 

Due. I would have you, Damaris., have an Eye upon your 
Miftrefs. You (hould have her good at Heart, and inform 
me when fhe has any Schemes a-foot; it may be the Means 
to reconcile us. 

Dam. She's wild, Sir. There's no fpeaking to her. She's 
flown into the Garden! Mercy upon us all, fay I ! How can 
you be fo unreafonable to contradift a Woman, when you 
know we can't bear it? 

Due. I depend upon you, Damaris.^ for intelligence. Yoa 
may obferve her at a Diftance; and as foon as (he comes in- 
to her own Room, bring me Word. There is the fweetell 
Pleafure in the Revenge that I have now in my Head ! I'll this 
inftant go and take my Charge from ^hs, Trapes, {/Ifide.) 
Damaris., you know your inllrudions, (£,v?>. 

SCENE 



14 TOLL T: 

S C E N E X. 

Damaris. 
Dam.^xxxt all MaQers and MiftrefTes, like Politicians, judge 
of the Confciences of Mankind by their own, and require 
Treachery of their Servants, as a Duty ! I am employ'd by 
my Marter to watch my Miftrefs, and by my Miftrefs to watch 
my Maimer. Which Party fhall I efpoufe? To be fure my 
Midrefs's; for in her's, Jurifdiition and Power, the common 
Caufe of the whole Sex, are at Stake. But my Mafter 1 fee 
is coming this Way, I'll avoid him, and make my Obferva- 
tions. {Exit. 

SCENE XI. 

Ducat ^ Polly 4 

Due. Be chearful, Polly, for your good Fortune hath thrown 
you into a Family, where, if you rightly confult your own 
Interelt, as every body now-a-days does, you may make your 
felf perfedly eafy. Thofe Eyes of yours, Polly., are a fuffi- 
cient Fortune for any Woman, if (he have but Gondud, and 
knew how to make the moft of 'em. 

Polly. As I am your Servant, Sir, my Duty obliges me not 
to contradi6}: you; and I muft hear your Flattery, tho' I know 
my felf undeferving. But, fure, Sir, in handfome Women, 
you muft have obferv'd, that their Hearts often oppofe their 
Interelt; and Beauty certainly has ruin'd more Women than it 
has made happy. 

A I R Xlir. The BaOi aboon Trafuair. 

'The Crow or Daw thro'' all the Tear 
• No Fowler feeks to ruin ; 

^Ht Birds of Voice or Feather rare 

He^s all Day long purfuing. 
Beware^ fair Maids ; fofcape the Net 

That other Beauties fell in ; 
For fure at Heart was never yet 

So great a Wretch as Helen. 

If my Lady, Sir, will let me know my Duty, Gratitude will 
make me ftudy to pleafe her. 

Due. I have a mind to have a little Gonverfation with you, 
and I would not be interrupted. {Bars the Door. 

Polly. I wiOi, Sir, you would let me receive my Lady's 
Commands 

Due. A.nd To, Polly., by thefe downcaft Looks of yours, 
you would nave me believe- you don't know you are hand- 
fome, 



^» O P E R A. If 

Come, and that you have no Faith in your Looking-glafs. 
Why, every Woman ftudies her Face, and a Looking-glafs 
to her is what a Book is to a Pedant; fhe is poring upon it 
all Day long. In troth, a Man can never know how much 
Love is in him by Gonverlarions with his Wife. A Kiis oa 
thofe Lips would make me young again. {Ki(fes her. 

A I R XIV. Bury Fair. 

Polly. How can you be fo ieazing"^. 
Ducat. Love will excufe my Fault. 

How can you befo pleajing ? (going to kifs her, 
Polly. / vow I'll not he naught. 
Ducat. All Maids I know at firfl refift. (ftruggling, 

A Mafter may command. 
Polly. You're mo?iftroui rude\ Vll not he kt[i'di 

Nay J fye let go my Hand. - ■ 

Ducat. *Tis foolfjh Fride — 
Polly. ^tis vile, *tis bafe 

Poor Innocence to wrong j 
Ducat, r II force yo w - 
Polly. Guard me from difgrace. 

You find that Virtue^ s fir ong. (pufting him away, 

*Tis barbarous in you, Sir, to take the Occafion of my Ne- 
ceflities to infult me. 

Due. Nay, Huffie, I'll give you Money. 
i Polly. I defpife it. No, Sir, tho' I was born and bred ia 
' England, 1 can dare to be poor, which is the only thing now- 
a-days Men are aftiam'd of. 

Due. I Ihall humble thefe faucy A,irs of yours, Mrs. Min.x, 
Is this Language from a Servant! from a Slave! 

Polly. Am 1 then betray'd and fold! 

Due. Yes, Huffie, that you are; and as legally my Proper- 
ty, as any Woman is her Husband'?, who fells her felt in 
Marriage. 

Potly. Climates, that change Conditutions, have no EtFeil 
upon MannerSo What a Profligate is that Trapes I 

Due. Your Fortune, your Happinefs, depends upon yonr 
;Compliance. What, Proof againii a Bribe! Sure, Hullk-, 
you belye your Country, or you muft have had a very vulgac 
Education, 'Tis unnatural. 



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:16 "P O L L T: 1 

AIR XV. Bobbing Joan. 

Maids ^ like Courtiers, muft he Vioo'd, 
Moft by Flattery are fubdu'd ; 
Some capricious, coy, or nice. 
Out of Pride protradl the Vice ; 

Bzit they fall ^ ■-. 

One and all, • - - ■ . 

IVhen we bid up to their Price. 

Befides, Huflie, your Confent may make me your Slave ; there's 
Power to tempt you into the Bargain. You muft be more 
than Woman, if you can withftand that too. 

Polly. Sure you only mean to try me! but 'tis barbarous to 
trifle with my Diftrelles. 

Due. I'll have none of thefe Airs. 'Tis impertinent in a 
Servant to have Scruples of any kind. I hire Honour, Con- 
fcience and all, for I will not be ferv'd by Halves. And fo^' 
to be plain with you, you obftinate Slut, you Ihall either con- 
tribute to my Pleafure or my Profit; and if you refufe Pla) 
in the Bed-chamber, you (hall go work in the Fields amonj 
the Planters. I hope now I have explain'd my felf. 

Polly. My Freedom may be loft, but you cannot rob me 
of my Virtue and Integrity ; and whatever is my Lot, having 
that, I fliall have the Comfort of Hope, and find Pleafure in 
Refledion. , 

AIR XVI. A Swain long tortur'ci, ^c. 

Cai2 I or Toil or Hunger fear ? 
For Lovers a Pain that's more fevere. 
'The Slave, zvith Vertue in his Breajl, 
Can tuake in Peace, andfiveetly refi. 

But Love, when unhappy, the more virtuous it is, the more 

it fuffers. i^Afide, 

/)//^. M^hat Noife is that? :j 

Dam. {Without!) Sir, Sir, ' 

Due. Step into the Clofet; I'll call you out immediately!! 

to prefent you to my Wife. Don't let Bafhfulnefs ruin yourj 

Fortune. The next Opportunity 1 hope you will be betted 

difpos'd. ■ (JE.xit Polly.| 

Dam, Open the Door, Sir. This Moment, this Moment, i 

SCENEl 



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SCENE XIL 

Ducat, Daman's, Servants^ Mrs. Ducat, ^c. 
Due. What's the matter? Was any body about to ravifli you? 
is the Houfe q' fire? Or my Wife in a Pallion? 
. Dam. O Sir, the whole Country is in an Uproar ! The 
Pyrates are all coming down upon us; and if they (hould raife 
the Militia, you are an Officer, you know. I hope yo^ have 
Time enough to fling up your Commiffion.. 

Enter iji. Footman. 

J ft. Footm. The Neighbours, Sir, are all frighted out of 
their Wits; they leave their Houfes, and fly to yours for Pro- 
tedion. Where's my Lady, your Wife? Heaven grant they 
have not taken her ! 

Due. If they only took what one could fpare-*-.' 

\ft. Footm. That's true, there were no great Harm done. 

Due. How are the Mufquets? 

1/2. Footm. Rufty, Sir, all rufty and peaceable! For we 
never clean 'em but againft Training-day. 

Dam. Then, Sir, your Honour is fafe, for now you have 
a juft Excufe againft fighting. 

Fnter 2d. Footman, 
id. Footm. The Indians^ Sir, with whom we are in Aliance, 
are all in Arms ; there will be bloody Work to be fure. 
I hope they will decide the Matter before we can get ready. 

Enter Mrs. Ducat. 

Mrs. Due. O dear Husband, I'm frighten'd to Death! 
What will become of us all ! I thought a Punifhment for your 
wicked Lewdnefs would light upon you at laft. 

Due. Prefence of Mind, my Dear, is as necefTary in Dan- 
gers as Courage. 

Dam. But you are too rich to have Courage. You (hould 
fight by Deputy. ' Tis only for poor People to be brave 
and defperate, who cannot aflTord to live. 

Enter Ma'ids^ &c. one after another. 
\ft. Maid. The Pyrates, Sir, the Pyrates ! Mercy vipon us, 
what will become of us poor helplefs Women ! 
zd. Maid. We fhall all be ravifli'd. 
ift. Old Woman. All be ravifli'd ! 

2d. Old Woman. Ay to be fure, we fliall be ravifli'd; all be 
ravifli'd! 

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18 T L L T: 

I ft. Old Woman. But if Fortune will have it fo, Patience is 
a Vertue, and we muft undergo it. 

id. Old Woman, Ay, for certain we muft all bear it, 
Mis. Damaris. 

Q,d. Footm. A Soldier, Sir, from the Indian Camp, deflres' 
admittance. He's here. Sir. 

Efiier Indian. 

Indian. I come, Sir, to the Englijh Colony, with whom 
we ar6 in Alliance, from the mighty Km^Pohetohee., my Lord I 
and Mafter ; and addrefs my felf to you, as you are of the 1 
Council, for Succours. The Pyrates are ravaging and plun- I 
d'ring the Country, and we are now in Arms, ready for f 
Battle to oppofe 'em. 

Due. Does Macheath command the Enemy ? 

Indian. Report fays he is dead. Above twelve Moons are 
pafs'd fince we heard of him. Morano., a Negro Villain, is 
their Chief, who in Rapine and Barbarities is even equal to 
him. 

Due. I fhall inform the Council, and we (hall foon be rea- 
dy to join you. So acquaint the King your Mafter. (Ex-;?. Indian. 

h I R XVII. March in Scipio. 

Brave Hoys prepare. (to the Men. 

' ' ''■ Ah I ceafe.^ fond Wife., to cry* (to her. 

- " Servant. For when the danger'' s near. 

We've time enough to fly. 
- ' Mrs.'DxiC2iX.. How can you be difgrac^d"^. 

For Wealth fecures your Fame i 
Servant. The Rich are always placed 
Above the Senfe of Shame, 
ilfrj. Ducat. Let Honour fpur the Slave^ 
To fight for fighting^s fake: 
Ducat. But even the Rich are brave, 

When Money is at Stake. 

Be fatisfy'd, my Dear, I fhall be difcreet. My Servants here 
will take care that 1 be not over-rafh, for their Wages depend 
upon me. Bur before I go to Council— come hither Polly i 
lintreat you, Wife, to take her into your Service. (£»?^r Polly.) 
And ufe her civilly. Indeed, my Dear, your Sufpicions are 
very frivolous and unreafonable. 

Mrs. Due. 1 hate to have a handfome Wench about me ; they 
are always fo faucy ! - ; . 

Due. Wo- 



An OPERA. 19 

Due. Women, by their Jealoufies, put one in Mind of do- 
ing that which otherwife we fhould never think of. Why 
you are a Proof, my Dear, that a handfome Woman may be 
honeft. 

Mrs. Due. I find you can fay a civil thing to me dill. 

Due. Affairs, you fee, call me hence. And fo I leave her 
under your Protedion. 

SCENE XIIL 

Mrs. Ducat, Damaris. 

Mrs. Z)»f. Away, into the other Room again. When I 
want you, I'll call you. (Exit Polly.) Well, Damaris., to be 
fare you have obfervM all that has pafs'd. I will know alU 
I'm fure ftie's a Huffy, 

Dam. Nay, Madam, I can't fay fo much : But — 

Mrs. Due. But what ? 

Dam. I hate to make Mifchief. _ • 

AIR XVIII. Jig-it-o'.foot. 

Better to doubt 

Ail that''s dotng.y • ■ 

Than to find out 

Proofs of Ruin. 
What Servants hear and fee 

Should they tattle., 
Marriage all day would be 

t'euds and Battle, 

A Servant's Legs and Hands fliould be under your Command; 
but, for the fake of Quiet, you fliould leave their Tongues to 
their own Difcretion. 

Mrs. Due. I vow, Damaris., I will know it. 

Dam. To be fure. Madam, the Door was bolted, and I 
could only lillen. There was a fort of Buftle between 'em, 
that's certain. What part I know not. But the Noife they 
made, to my thinking, did not found very honeft. 

Mrs. Due. Noifes that did not found very honeft, faid 
you .^ 

Dam. Nay, Madam, I am a Maid, and have no Experi- 
ence. If you had heard them, you would have been a better 
Judge of the Matter. 

Mrs. Due. An impudent Slut ! I'll have her before me. If 
fhe be not a thorough Profligate, I fhall make a Difcovery by 
her Behaviour. Go call her to me. {Exit Damaris and returns. 

SCENE 



20 T O L L T: 



SCENE XIV. 

Mrs. Ducat, Daman's, Polly. 

Mrs. Due. In my own Houfe! Before my Face! I'll have 
you fent to the Houfe of CorreSion, Strumpet. By that over- 
honell Look, 1 guefs her to be a horrid Jade. A meer Hypo- 
crite, that is perfeSly white-wa(h'd with Innocence. My 
Blood rifes at the Sight of all Strumpets; for they are Smug- 
lers in Love, that ruin us fair Traders in Matrimony. Look 
upon me, Mrs. Brazen. She has no Feeling of Shame: She 
is fo us'd to impudence, that (he has not a Bludi within her. 
Do you know. Madam, that I am Mr. Ducat^s Wife? 

Polly. As your Servant, Madam, I think my felf happy. 

Mrs, Due. You know Mr. Ducat^ I fuppofe. She has Beau- 
ty enough to make any Woman alive hate her. 

AIR XIX. Trumpet Minuet. 

Abroad after MiJJes mofl Husbands will roatn^ 
Tho' fure they find Woman Sufficient at home. 
To he nos'd by a Strumpet ! Hence ^ Huffy., you^d hefl: 
Would he give me my due., I would give her the reft, 

I vow I had rather have a Thief in my Houfe : For to be fure 
Ihe is that befides. 

Folly. If you were acquainted with my Misfortunes, Ma- 
dam, you could not infuit me. 

Mrs. Due. What does the Wench mean .^ 

Dam. There's not one of thefe common Creatures, but, 
like common Beggars, hath a moving Story at her Fingers 
Ends; which they tell over, when they are maudlin, to their 
Lovers. I had a Sweetheart, Madam, who is a Rake; and I 
know their Ways very well, by hear-fay. 

Polly. What Villains are Hypocrites! For they rob thofe of 
Relief, who are in real Diftrefs. I know what it is to be un- 
happy in Marriage. 

Mrs. Due. Ma'rried! 

Po//y. Unhappily. 

Mrs. Dtic. When, where, to whom ? 

Polly. If Woman can have F'aith in Woman, may my 
Words find Belief. Proteflations are to be fufpedled, fo I fhall 
ufenone: If Truth can prevail, I know you will pity me.. 

Mrs.Z)«f. Her 



Jn O? EK A, 21 

Mrs. Due. Her Manner and Behaviour are fo particular, 
that is to fay, fo fincere, that I muft hear her Story. Unhap- 
pily married ! That is a Misfortune not to be remedied, 

Polly. A conftant Woman hath but one Chance to be hap- 
py; an inconttant Woman, tho' ihe hath no Chance to be ve- 
ry happy, can never be very unhappy. 

Dam. Believe me, Mrs. Polly, as to Pleafures of all Sorts, 
his a much more agreeable Way to be inconftant. . 

AIR XX. Polwart on the Green. 

Lsve now is nought but Art, -■ ' ■ ' 

'21fV who can juggle befi\ 
'to all Men [eem to give your Hearty 

But keep it in your Breaji. 
What Gain and Pleafure do we find, , 

Who change whene'er we ltfl'\ 
The Mill that turns with every Wind 

Muji bring the Owner Grift. 

Polly. My Cafe, Madam, may, in thefe Times, be looked 
Hpon as fingular ; for I married a Man only becaufe I lov'd 
him. For this I was look'd upon as a Fool by all my Ac- 
quaintance; I was us'd inhumanly by my Father and Mother; 
and to compleat my Misfortunes, my Husband, by his wild 
Behaviour, incurred the Sentence of the Law, and was fe- 
parated from me by Banifhment: Being inform'd he was 
in this Country, upon the Death of my Father and Mo- 
ther, with moft of my fmall Fortune, 1 came here to feek 
him. 

Mts.Duc. But how then fell you into the Hands of that 
moft confummate Bawd, Trapes^. 

Polly. In my Voyage, Madam, I was robb'd of all I had. 
Upon landing in a ft range Country, and in Want, I was; 
found out by this inhuman Woman, who had been an Ac- 
quaintance of my Father's: She offer'd me at firft the Ci- 
vilities of her own Houfe; when Ihe was inform'd of my 
Neceffities, fhe propos'd to me the Service of a Lady, of 
which I readily accepted. 'Twas under that Pretence, thar 
ihe treacheroufly fold me to your Husband as a Millrels. 
This, Madam, is, in fhort, the whole Truth. I fling myfelf 
at your Feet for Protedion, By relieving me, you make 
yourfelf eafy. 

Mrs. Due. What is't you propofe ? 

Folk. In 



22 T L L T: 

Folly. In conniving at my Efcape, you fave me from your 
Husband's worrying me with Threats and Violence, and at 
the fame time quit your own P^ars and Jealoulies. ]f it is 
ever in my Power, Madam, with Gratitude I will repay you 
my Ranfom. 

Dam. Befides, Madam, you will effedually revenge your 
felf upon your Husband ; for the Lofs of the Money he paid 
for her will touch him to the quick. 

Mrs. Due. But have you conlider'd what you requeft ? We 
are invaded by the Pyrates : The Indians are in Arms; the 
whole Country is in Commotion, and you will every where 
be expos'd to Danger. 

Dam. Get rid of her at any Rate. For fuch is the Vanity 
of Man, that when once he hath begun with a Woman, out 
of Pride he will inlift upon his Point. 

Polly, In (laying with you. Madam, I make two People 
unhappy. And I chufe to bear my own Misfortunes, with- 
out being the Caufe of another's. 

Mrs. Due. If I let her efcape before my Husband's Return, 
he will imagine (he got off by the Favour of this Buttle and 
Confufion. 

Polly. May Heaven reward your Charity. 

Mrs. Dae. A Woman fo young and fo handfome muft be 
expos'd to continual Dangers. I have a Suit of Clothes by 
me of my Nephew's, who is dead. In a Man's Habit you 
will run fewer Rifques. I'll aflift you too for the prefent with 
fomeMoney; and, as a Traveller, you may with greater fafety 
make Enquiries after your Husband. 

Polly. Hqw (hall I ever make a Return for fo much Good- 
nefs ? 

Mrs. Dhc. May Love reward your Conftancy. As for that 
perfidious Monfter, Trapes^ I will deliver her into the Hands 
of the Magiftrate. Come, Damaris, let us this inftant equip 
her for her Adventures. 

Dam. When (he is out of the Houfe, without Doubt, 
Madam, you will be more eafy. And I wi(h (he may be 
fo too. 

Polly. May Vertue be my ProteSion; for I feel wrthiit 
me, Hope, Chearfulnefs, and Refolution. 

A I R XXI. St. Martin's Lane. 

As Pilgrim! thro' Devotion 
To fome Shrine purfue their IVay^ 

They tempt the raging Oceatty 
And thro' Defarts fir ay. 

IVtth 



'An OPERA. 

Wi'tth Zeal their Hope dejiring^ 
'The Saint their Breaji infpiriKg 

With chearful Air^ 

Devoid of tear^ .. ^^ ■ 

They every danger bear. 
Thus equal Zeal pojfejfmg^ 
I feek my only BleJJing^ 
Love^ my honeji Vovj regard! 

My Truth prote£i^ 

My Steps dire^^ 

His Flight deted^ 
A faithful Wife reward. (Exit. 



25* 





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ACT 



34 



TOLL T: 

A C T II. S C E N E I. 

The View of an Indian Country. 
Polly in Boy's Clothes. 
A I R XXIL La Villanella. 

TX7 HT did you [fare him, 
^ ^ O^er Seas to bear him, 
Far from his Home and conftant Bride ? 

When Papa peached him. 

If Death had reach' d him, 
I then had only fig^d, wept and dy^d\ 



li my DireSions are right, I cannot be far from the Village. 
With the Habit, I muft put on the Courage and Refolution , 
of a Man ; for I am everywhere furrounded with Dangers. 
By all I can learn of thefe Py rates, my dear Macheath is not 
of the Crew. Perhaps I may hear of him among the~ Slaves 
of the next Plantation. How fultry is the Day ! the Cool of 
this Shade will refrefh me. I am jaded too with Reflexion. 
How reftlefs is Love! {Miijick, two or three Bars of the dead 
March.) My imagination follows him every where; would 
my Feet were as fwift. The World theri could not hide him 
from me. {two or thee Bars more.) Yet even Thought is now 
bewilder'd in purfuing him. {two or three Bars more^ I'mtir'd, 
I'm faint. {The Symphony.) 

A I R XXIir. Dead March in Coriolanus. 

Sleep, Sleep, '^"^"^ ' 
Wtth thy Rod of Incantation, 
Charm my Imagination, 
Then, only then, I ceafe to weep. 

By thy Power, 
The Virgin, by Time overtaken, 
For llears forlorn, forfaken. 
Enjoys the happy Hour. 



k 



What's 



An OPERA, ;s$ 

IVlat's tojleep ? 
'7/V a vijionary Blejfmg ; 
A Dream that's paft exprejfmg ; ' 
Our utmoft Wip pojfeffmg : 

So may I always keep. (falls afleep. 



SCENE 11. 

Capftern, Hacker, Culverin, Laguerre, Gutlace. Polly ajleep 
in a difiant Part of the Stage. 

Hac. We fliall find but a cool Reception from Moram^ 
if we return without either booty or intelligence. 

Cul. A Man of invention hath always intelligence ready. 
I hope we are not exempted from the Privilege of Tra- 
vellers. 

Cap. If we had got Booty, you know we had refolv'd to 
agree in a Lie. And, Gentlemen, we will not have our 
Diligence and Duty call'd lin Queftion for that which every 
common Servant has at his Fingers End for his JuHification, 

Lag. Alack, Gentlemen, we are not fuch Bunglers in 
Love or Politicks, but we muft know that either to get Fa- 
vour or keep it, no Man ever fpeaks what he thinks, but what 
Is convenient. 

A I R XXIV. Three Sheep-skins. 

Gutlace. Of all the Sins that are Money -fup^lying., 
Confider the World ; V/'j pa(i all denying.^ 
IVith all Sorts 
In 'Towns or Courts^ 
The richeji Sin is Lying, 

Cul. Fatigue, Gentlemen, fhould have RefreiTiment. No 
Man is requir'd to do more than his Duty. Let us repofe 
our felves a-while. A Sup or two of our Gag would quicken 
invention. (Xhey fit and drink. 

All. Agreed. 

Hack. 1 had always a Genius for Ambition. Birth and Edu^ 
cation cannot keep it under. Our Profeffion is great. Bro- 
thers. What can be more heroick than to have declar'd War 
with the whole World ? 

E a ChI. 'Tis 



^6 TO L Z T: 

Cul. 'TIs a Pleafure to me to recolleft Times part, and to 
Gbrrve by what Steps a Genius will pu(h his Fortune. 

Hac. Now as to me, Brothers, mark you me. After I had 
rubb'd thr-'Ugh my Youth with Variety of Adventures, I was 
preieir'd to be Footman to an eminent Gamefter; where, after 
having improv'd mv felf by his Manners and .Converfation, I 1 
left him, betook my felf to his politer Profeffion, and cheated I 
lil'e a Gentleman. For fome time I kept a Pharaon-Bank 
with Succcfs, but unluckily in a drunken Bout was Rripp'd by 
a more expert Brother of the Trade. I was now, as 'tis 
common wicn us upon thefe Occafions, forc'd to have Re- 
courie to the Highway for a Recruit to fet me up; but mak- 
ing the Experimenr once too often, I was try'dand receiv'd 
Sentence; but got off for Tranfportation. Whicn hath made 
jne the Man 1 am. 

Lag. From a Footman I grew to be a Pimp to a Man of 
Quality. Confidering I was for fome time in that Employ- 
ment, I look upon my felf as particularly unlucky, that 1 then 
mifs'd making my Fortune. But, to give him his due, only his 
Death could have prevented it. Upon this, 1 betook my felf 
to another Service; where my Wages not being fufficient for 
my Pleafures, I robb'd my Mafter, and retir'd to vifit foreign 
Pans 

Ciip. Novv', you muft know, I was a Drawer of one of the 
fafliioiiable Taverns, and of Confequence was daily in the 
politcft Converfafions. Tho' I fay it, no body was better 
bre.]. 1 oiten cheated my Mafter, and as a dutiful Servant, 
novv' and then cheated for him. I had always my Gallantries 
with the Ladies that the Lords and Gentlemen brought to 
oar PiOufc. I was ambitious too of a Gentleman's Profeffion, 
and curn'd Gameller. Tho' I had great Skill and no Scruples, 
i^y Flay would not fupport my Extravagancies: So that now 
an c ihen I WdS forc'd to rob with Piliols too. So 1 alfo owe 
i:r; Pvank in the World to Tranfportation. 

Ci'i. Our Chief, Moram, Brothers, had never been the 
1*1 11 he iS), had he not been train'd up in England. He has 
i.olo ine, that from his infancy he was the favourite Page of a 
1/ady. He had a Genius too above Service ; and, like us, ran 
into higher Life: And, indeed, in Manners and Converfation, 
iho' he is black, no b'»dy has more the Air of a great Man. 

Hue. He is too much attach'd to his Pleafures : That Miftrefs 
p: Ills is a Clog to his Ambition :' She's an arrant Cleopatra. 

ha^. if it were not for her, the Indies would be our own. 



An O ? ER A. 2/ 



AIR XXV. Rigadoon. 

By Women vjok, 

IVe^re all undone^ 
Each IVench hath a Syren*S Charms. 

'The Lover'' s Deedi 

Are good or ill^ 

As IVh'tm fticceeds 

In Woman's Will : - . 

Refolutionis hill'd in her Arms. 

Hac. A Man in Love is no more to be depended on th:\n 
Man in Liquor; for he is out of himfelf. 



AIR XXVI. Ton humeur eil Catharine. 

Woman's like the fiatt' ring Ocean ^ 

Who her pathlefs Ways can find ? 
Every Blaji direiis her Motion^ 

Now Jhe''s angry, now jhe's kind. 
What a Fool's the veni'roui Lover ^ 

WhirPd and tofs''d by every Wind ! 
Can the Bark the Port recover^ 

When the filly Pilot's blind\ 

Hac. A good Horfe is never turn'd loofe among Mares, 
till all his good Deeds are over. And really your Heroes 
fliould be ferv'd the fame way ; for after they take to Women, 
they have no good Deeds to come. That inviegling Gipfey, 
Brothers, muft be hawl'd from him by Force. And thtrn— 
the Kingdom of Mexico fhall be mine. My Lot fhall be the 
Kingdom of Mexico. 

Cap. Who talks of Mexico"^. {All rife.) I'll never give it 
up. If you outlive me, Brother, and I die without Heirs, I'll 
leave it to you for a Legacy. I hope now you are fatisty'd. 
J have fet my Heart upon it, and no body fliall difpute it 
with me. 

Lag. The Ifland of Cuba., methinks, Brother, might fatisfy 
any reafonable Man. 

CuL That I had alloted for you. Mexico fhall not be parted 
with without my Confent: Captain Morano to be fure will 
Cbufe Peru; that's the Country of Gold; and all your great 



28 T O L L r: 

Men love Gold. Mexico hath only Silver, nothing but Sil- 
ver. Governour of Cartagena^ Brother, is a pretty fnug Em- 
ployment: That I (hall not difpute with you. 

Cap. Death, Sir,' . ■ ■ I fhall not part with Mexico fo 
cafily. 

Hac. Nor I. 

Cul. Nor I. 

Lag. Nor I. 

Cul. Nor I. 

Hac. Draw then, and let the Survivor take it. {They fight . 

Polly. Blefs me, what Noife was that ! Clafliing of Swords 
and Fighting ! Which way (hall I fly, how fhall 1 efcape? 

Cap. Hold, hold, Gentlemen, let us decide our Pretenfi- 
ons fome other time. I fee Booty. A Prifoner. Let us 
feixe him. 

Cul. From him we will extort both Ranfom and Intelli- 
gence. 

Polly- Spare my Life, Gentlemen. If you are the Men I 
take you for, I fought you to (hare your Fortunes. 

Hac. Why, who do you take us for. Friend ? 

Polly- f'or thofe brave Spirits, thofe Alexanders, that fliall 
fonn by Conqueft be in PofTelTion of the Indies, 

Lag. A mettPd youqg Fellow. 

Cap. He fpeaks with Refped too, and gives us our Titles. 

Cul. Have you heard of Captain Moram'i 

Polly. I came hither in meer AmbiLion to ferve under him. 

A I R XXVir. Ye Nymphs and fylvan Gods. 

/ hate thofe coward Tribes, 

Who by 'mean fneaking Bribes^ ^ 

By Tricks and D'Jguife, 

By Flattery and Lies, 
To Power and Grandeur rife. 

Like Heroes of old. 

Ton are greatly bold, 
The Sword your Caufe fupports: 

Untaught to fawn, 

Tou ne'er were drawn 

Tour Truth to pawn 

Among the Spawn 
Whopra^ife the frauds of Courts. 

I would willingly chufe the more honourable way. of mak- 
ing a Fortune. 

HacLThQ 



^» O P E R a: 29 

Hack. The Youth fpeaks well : Can you Inform us, my Lad, 
of the Difpofition of the Enemy? Have the Indians join'd 
the Fa6tory ? we fhould advance towards 'em immediately. 
Who knows but they may fide with us? May-hap they may 
like our Tyranny better. 

Polly. I am a Stranger, Gentlemen, and intirely ignorant 
of the Affairs of this Country : But in the moft defperate Un- 
dertaking, I am ready to rifque your Fortunes. 

Hack. Who, and what are you. Friend ! 

Polly. A young Fellow, who has genteely run out his For- 
tune with a Spirit, and would now with more Spirit re- 
trieve it. 

CuL The Lad may be of Service: Let us bring him before 
Morano.^ and leave him to his Difpofal. 

Polly, Gentlemen, I thank you. 

AIR XXVIII. Minuet. 

Culverin. Cheer up., my hads., let us pujh on the Fray., 
For Battles., like Women., are loji by Delay. 
Let us feize l^idory while in our Power , 
jilike War and Love have their critical Hour . 
Our Hearts hold and fieady 
Should always be ready., 
So, think War a Widow, a Kingdom the Dow*r. 

(Exeunt. 
SCENE III. 

Another Country VrojpeSt. 

MoranOy Jenny. 

Mor. Sure, Hufly, you have more Ambition and more 
Vanity than to be ferious in perfuading me to quit my Con- 
quefts : Where is the Woman who is not fond of Title ? And 
one bold Step more, may make you a Queen, you Gipfy 
Think of thar. 

A I R XXIX. Mirleton. 

When Pm great, and flujh of Treafure^ 

Checked by neither Fear or Shame, 
ToH Jhall tread a Round of Pleafure, 
morning.^ Noon, and Night the fame. 

With a Mirleton, ^c» 

Like 



30 "POLL T: 

Like a City IVife^ or Beauty^ 

Tou Jh all flutter Life away ; 
And Jhall know no other Duty^ 

But to drefs^ eat, drink and play. 
With aMirleton, ^c. 

When you are a Queen, Jenny^ you ftiall keep your Coach 
and Six, and (hall game as deep as you pleafe. So there's 
the two chief Ends of Woman's Anibition fatisfy'd. 

AIR XXX, Sawny was tall, and of noble Race. 

Shall I not be bold^ when Honour calls ? 

ToH^ve a Heart that would upbraid me then. 
Jenny. But ah \ I fear, if my Hero falls^ 

Thy ]tnny Jhall ne^er know Pleafure againi 
Moran, To deck their If^ives fond Tradefm^n cheat ^ 

I conquer but to make thee Great : 
Jenny. But if my Hero falls — ah then 

Thy Jenny Jhall ne'er know Pleafure again. 

Mor. Infinuating Creature ! but you muft own, Jenny^ 
you have had convincing Proofs of my Fondnefs .? and if you 
were reafonable in your Love, you ftiould have fome Regard 
to my inlonour, as well as my Perfon. 

Jen. Have 1 ever berray'd you, fince you took me to 
your felf ? That's what few Women can fay, who ever were 
trnfled. 

Mor. In Love, Jenny, you cannot out-do me. Was it 
not entirely for you that I difguis'd my felf as a Black, to 
skreen my felf from Women who laid Claim to me where- 
ever I went? Is not the Rumour of my Death, which I pur- 
pofely fpread, credited thro' the whole Country? Macheath is 
dead to all the World but you. Not one of the Crew have 
Sufpicron of me, 

Jen. Bur, dear Captain, you would not fure perfuade 
me that I have all of you. For tho' Women cannot claim 
to you, you now and then lay claim to other Women. 
But my Jealoufy was never teazing or vexatious. You will 
pardon me, my Dear. 

Mor. Now you are filly, Jenny: Pr'ythee— — — poh! 
Nature, Girl, is not to be correded at once. "What do you 
propofe? What would you have me do? Speak out, let me 
know your Mind. 

J^a. Know when you are well. 

Mor, Explaa> 



An O P E R a; 31 

Mor. Explain yourfelf ; fpeak your fentiments freely. 

Jefi. You have a competence in your power. Rob the 
crew, and fteal off to Rngland. Believe me, Captain, you will 
be rich enough to be refpe6led by your neighbours. 

Mor. Your opinion of me flartles mc. For I never in my 
life was treacherous but to women; and you know men of the 
niceft pun6lilio make nothing of that. 

"Jen. Look round among all the fnug fortunes that aremade^ 
and you'll find mofl: of 'em were fecur'd by a judicious retreati 
Why will you bar yourfelf from the cuiloms of the times? 

AIR XXXI. Northern 'Nancy, 

:>\ How many men have fozind the skill 

Of power and wealth acquiring ? 
But .fure there'': a time to [itnt the will 
^_^- And the judgment is in retiring. 

.;■■ For to he difplac''d^ 

For to he difgrac'd^ 
Is the end of too high afpiring. 

Enter Sailor. 

Sailor. Sir, Lieutenant Fanderbhiff \\'ir\is to fpeak withyoti. 
And he hopes your honour will give him the hearing. [_Exit, 

Mor. Leave me, Jenny^ for a tew minutes. Perhaps he 
"Would fpeak with me in private. 

Jen. Think of my advice before ic is too late. By this 
kifs I beg it of you. [^Exit, 

SCENE IV, 

Morano^ Vanderbhff, 
Van. For fhame, Captain; what, hamper'd in the arms of a 
woman, when your honour and glory are all at ftake! while 
a man is grappling with thefe gii-liirts, pardon the expreffion. 
Captain, he runs his reafon a-ground ; and there muit be % 
woundy deal of labour to fet it a-float again, 

AIR XXXIL Amante fuggite cadente beltai 

Fine women are devils^ compleat in their way ; 

'I hey always are roving and cruifing for prey. 

When we flounce on their hook., their views they obtain.^ 

hike thoje too^ their pleafure is giving us pain. 
Excufe my plain fpeaking, Captain ; a boatfwain muil fwear 
in a florm ; and a man mull: fpeak plain, when he fees foul 
weather a-head of us. 

Mor. D'you think me like the wheat-ear, only fit for fun- 
fhine, who cannot bear the lead cloud over him? l^o^Vander- 
hluff., I have a heart that can face a tempeft of dangers. Your 
blull'ring will but make me obfiinate. You feerii frighten'd. 
Lieutenant, F Van^ 



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Faji. From any body but you, that fpeech fliould have had 
another-gucis anivver than words. Death, Captain, are not 
the [ndies in difpute? an hour's delay may make their hands 
too many for us. Give the word, Captain, this hand fliall take 
the Indian King pris'ner, and keel-hawl him afterwards, till I 
make him difcover his gold. I have known you eager to ven- 
ture your life for a lefs prize. 

Mor. Are Hacker^ Culverm^ Capjlern^ Laguerre^ and the 
reft, whom we fent out for intelligence, return'd, that you 
are under this immediate alarm ? 

Fat2. No, Sir; but from the top of yon hill, I myfelf faw 
the enemy putting themfelves in order of battle. 

Mor. But we have nothing at all to apprehend; for we have 
ftill a fafe retreat to our fhips. 

Van. T"o ourwoman, youmean, Furiesl you talk likeone. 
If our Captain is bewitch'd, fhall we be be-devil'd, and lofe 
the footing we have got } [^Draws. 

Mor. Take care, Lieutenant. This language may provoke 
me. i fear no man. I fear nothing, and that you knov\^. Put 
up your Cutlace, Lieutenant, for I fiiall not ruin our caufe, 
by a private Quarrel. 

Van. Noble Captain, I ask Pardon. 

Mor. A brave man fliould be coo! till ilflion, Lieutenant; 
when danger prefTes us, I am always ready. Ee fatisfy'd, I'll 
take my leave of my wife, and then take the command. 

Van. That's what you can never do till you have her leave. 
She is but juft gone from you, Sir. See her not; hear her not ; 
the breath of a woman has ever prov'd a contrary wind to 
great adions. 

Mor. I tell you I will fee her. I have got rid of many a 
woman in my time, and you may trull me — - 

Van. With any woman but her. The husband that is go- 
' Vern'd is the only man that never finds out that he is fo. 

Mor. This then. Lieutenant, fhall try my reiblution. In 
the mean time, fend out parties and fcouts to obferve the mo- 
tions of the Indians. 

A I R XXXIIL 
Since all the w^orld's turned uplide down, 

'Tha' different pajjions rage by turns^ 

Within my breafl fermenting ; 
Novj blazes love^ now honour burns ^ 

Fm here., Vm there confenting, j 

ni each obey., fo keep my oath., \ 

That Oath by -luhich I vjon her : | 

fVith truth and Jleddlncfs in both, 

. _ /'// ail like a man of honour. 

Doubt 



An O P E R A. 35 

Doubt me not, Lieutenant: But I'll now go with you, to 
give the necelTary commands, and after that return to take my 
leave before the battle. 

S G E N E V. 

Morano^ Vanderhluff^ Jenny^ Capfiern^ Culver in^ Hacker, 
Laguerre^ Folly. 

Jen. Hacker., Sir, and the reft of the party, are return'd with 
a prifoner. Perhaps from him you may learn fome intelligence 
thai may be ufeful. Sec, here they are. — A clever fprightly 
young fellow ! I like him. [_/iJtde, 

Van. What cheer, my lads? has fortune fent you a good 
prize? 

Jen. He feems fome rich planter's fon. 

Van. In the common prattice of commerce, you fliould 
never flip an opportunity, and for his ranfome, d^o doubt, there 
will be room for comfortable extortion. 

Mor. Hath he inform'd you of any thing that may be of fcr- 
vice? where pick'd you him up? whence is he? 

Hack. We found him upon the road. He is a ftranger, it 
feems, in thefe parts. And as our heroes generally fet out, 
extravagance, gaming, and debauchery, have qualify'd him for 
a brave man. 

Mor. What are you, friend ? 

Fol. A young fellow, who hath been robb'd by the world • 
and I came on purpofe to join yoa, to rob the world by way 
of retaliation. An open war with the whole world :s brave 
and honourable. I hate the clandeftine pilfering war that is 
pradis'd among friends and neighbours in civil Ibcietics. \ 
would ferve, Sir. 

A I R XXXIV. Hunt the Squirrel. 

The world is always jarring ; 

This is furfuing 

T"* other -mans ruin.. 
Friends with friends are warring.^ 

In a falfe cowardly way. 
Spurrd on by emulations.^ 

Tongues are engaging.^ 

Calumny .^ raging 
Murders reputations., 

Envy keeps up the fray. 
Thus with burning hate^ 
Each.^ returning hate., 
Wounds and robs his friends.. 

In civil life., 

Even man and wife 
Smabbk for felfijh ends. 

F ^ Jen* 



54 P L L T: 

'Jen. He really is a mighty pretty man. \^Afide. 

i^an. The lad promifes well, and has juft notions of the 
world. 

JMor. Whatever other great men do, I love to encourage 
merit. The youth pleafes me ; and it he anfwers in adion — 
d'you hear me, my lad? — your fortune is made. Now, 
X/ieutenant Vanderbluff^ I am for you. 

Van. Difcipline mull: not be neglected. j 

Mor. When every thing is fettled, my dear Jenny., I will j 
return to take my leave. After that, young gentleman, I fhall ' 
try your mettle. In the mean time, Jenny., 1 leave you to lift 
him with farther queftions. He has liv'd in the world, you 
fnd, and may have learnt to be treacherous. 

SCENE VL 

Jenny., ^olly. 

Jen. How many women have you ever ruin'd, young gen- 
tleman ! 

'Pol. I have been ruin'd by women, madam; but I think, 
indeed, a man's fortune cannot be more honourably difpos'd 
of; for thofe have always a kind of claim to their protedion, 
who have been ruin'd in their fervice. 

Jen. Were you ever in love? 

Pol. With the fex. 

Jen. Had you never a woman in love with you? 

iPol. All the women that ever I knew were mercenary. 

Jen. But fure you cannot think all women fo. 

Pol. Why not as well as all men. The manners of courts 
are catching. 

Jen. If you have found onlyfuch ufage^ a generous woman 
can the moj-e oblige you. Why fo bafliful, young fpark ? You 
don't look as if you would revenge yourfelf on the fex. 

Pol. I loft my impudence with my fortune. Poverty keeps 
down aflurance. 

Jen. I am a plain-fpoken woman, as you may find, and I 
own I like you. And, let me tell you, to be my favourite, 
may be your beft ftep to preferment. 

A I H XXXV. 
Young Damon once the lovelieft fwain. 

In love and life the frefent nfe. 
One hour we grant., the next refufe ; 

Who then would rifque a nay ? 
JVere loiters wtfe^ they would be kind^ 
And in our eyes the moment find', 
' , For only then they may. 

Like 



An O P E R A, 35 

i/ilre other women I fhall run to extremes. If you won't make 
me love you, I fhall hate you. There never was a man of true 
courage who was a coward in love. Sure you are not afraid 
of me, ftripling? [^takif^g Polly by the hand. 

'Pol. I know you only rally me. Refpeft, madam, keeps 
me in awe. 

Jen. By your expreflTion and behaviour, one would think 
I were your wife. If fo, I may make ufe of her freedoms, 
and do what I pleafe without fliame or reflraint. [K^ffes her. 
Such raillery as this, my dear, requires replication. 

Pol. You'll pardon me then, Madam. [K^Jfes her. 

Jen. What, my cheek ! let me die, if byyourkifs, I fhould 
not take you for my brother or my father. 

fPo/. I muft put on more alTurance, or I fhall be difco- 
ver'd. \^AJide.'] Nay then, Madam, if a woman will allow 
me liberties, they are never flung away upon me. If I am 
too rude — — ■ L^iff^^ her. 

Jen. A woman never pardons the contrary fault. 

AIR XXXVI. Catharine Ogye. 

fV^e never blame the forward fwain^ 
Who -puts us to the tryal. 
Pol. / know you fir fi would give me fain^ 

'Then baulk me with denial. 
Jen. What mean we then by being try'd'^ 
Pol. With fcorn and flight to ufe us. 

Mofi beauties., to indulge their pride^ 
Seem kind but to refufe us. 

Jen, Come then, my dear, let us take a turn in yonder 
grove. A woman never fliews her pride but before witnefTes, 

Pol. How fhalll get rid of this affair? [^/IJide.'] Morano 
may furprize us. 

Jen. That is more a wife's concern. Confider, young man, 
if I have put myfelf in your power, you are in mine. 

Pol. We may have more eafy and fafe opportunities. Be- 
lides, I know, Madam, you are not ferious. 

Jen. To a man who lofes one opportunity, we never grant 
a fecond. Excufes ! confideration 1 he hath not a fpark of love 
in him. I muft be his averfion ! go, monfrer, I hate you, and 
you Ihall find I can be reveng'd. 

AIR XXXVII. Roger a Coverly. 

My heart is by love forfaken^ 

I feel the tempefi growing. 
A fury the place hath taken., 

I rage.^ 1 hurn.^ Pm flowing. 

rh(P 



3^ 



POLLY 



'Xho CupidV arrows are erring^ 

Or indifference may fecure ye^ 
When Ivor/tan's revenge is ftirring^ 

ToH cannot escape that fury. 

I could bear your excufes, but thofe looks of indifference 
kill me. 

SCENE VII. 

Jenny ^ Polly^ Morano. 

Jen. Sure never was fuch infolence! how could you leave 
me with this bawdy-houfe bully ? for if he had been bred a 
page, he mull have made his fortune. If I had given him the 
Jcalt encouragement, it would not have provok'd me. Odious 
creature ! 

Mor. What-a-vengeance is the matter,? 

Jen. Only an attempt upon your wife. So ripe an alTurance ! 
he mufl have fuck'd in impudence from his mother. 

Mor. An a£t of friend fhip only. He meant to pufh his for- 
tune with the husband. 'Tis the way of the town, my dear. 

AIR XXXVIII. Bacchus m'a dit. 

By halves no friend 
Now feeks to do you pleasure, 

'Their help they lend 
In every part of life ; 

If husbands -part., 
'The friend hath always Icifure'y 

Then all his heart » 

Is bent to pleafe the wife. 

Jen. I hate you for being fo little jealous. 

Mor. Sure, Jenny., you know the way of the world better 
than to be furprii'd at a thing of this kind. 'Tis a civility that 
all you fine ladies exped; and, upon the like occafion, I could 
not have anfwer'd for myfelf. I own, I have a fort of partia- 
lity to impudence. Perhaps too, his viev/s might be honour- 
able. If I had been kill'd in battle, 'tis good to be beforehand. 
You know 'tis a way often praCtis'd to make fure of a wi- 
dow. 

Jen. If I find you fo eafy in thefe affairs, you may make 
my virtue lefs obilinate. 

A I R XXXIX. Health to Betty. 

If husbands Jit unjieady^ 

Mojl wives for freaks are ready. 

Neglecl the rein^ 

The fleed again 
Qrovjs skittip^ wild^ and^heady. 

Yoitr 



An O P E R A. 37 

Your behaviour forces me to fay, what my love for you will 
never let me put in pradice. You are too fafe, too fecure, to 
think of pleating me. 

3Ior. Tho' I like impudence, yet 'tis not fo agreeable when 
put in pra6lice upon my own wife : And jefting apart, young 
fellovv^, if I ever catch you thinking this way again, a cat-o'- 
nine-tails fliall cool your courage. 

SCENE VIIL 

Moram^ Jenny^ 'Polly^ Vanderhluff^ Capflern^ Laguerre^ &C. 
with Cavjwavjkee Prifonner. 

Van. The party, captain, is returned with fuccefs. After a 
fhort skirmifh, iht iNdtan^xmctC aivwaivkce here was made pri- 
Ibner, and we want your orders for his Difpofal. 

Mor. Are all our troops ready and under arms ? 

Fan. They wait but tor your command. Our numbers are 
llrong. All the (hips crews are drawn our, and the flaves that 
have deferred to us from the plantations, are all brave deter- 
min'd fellows, who mull behave themfelves well. 

Mor. Look'e, lieutenant, the trulTing up this prince, in my 
opinion, would ftrike a terror among the enemy. Belides, 
.dead men can do no mifchief. Let a gibbet be fetup,andiwing 
him off between the armies before the onfet, 

P'an. By your leave, captain, my advice blows diredbly con* 
trary. Whatever may be done hereafter, I am for putting him 
firfl: of all upon examination. The Indians^ to be lure, have 
hid their treafures, and wefhall want a guide to Hiev/us thebeft 
plunder. 

Mor. The counfel is good* 1 will extort intelligence from 
him. Bring me word when the enemy are in motion, and that 
inftantl'll put myfelf at your head. [^Exit Sailor.'] Doyouknow 
me, prince? 

Cavj. As a man of injuftice I know you, who covets and 
invades the properties of another. 

Mor. Do you know my power? 

Cavj. I fear it not. 

Mor. Do you know your danger? 

Cavj. I am prepat-'^ to meet it. 

AIR XL. Cappe de bonne Efperancca 

The body of the brave raa^ he taken.^ 

If chance bring on our adverfe hour ; 
B)Ut the noble foul is unjhaken^ 

For that Jim is in our power: 
"'TIS a rock whofe firm foundation 

Mocks the waves of perturbation ; 
''lis a never-dying ray.^ 

Brighter in our evil day. 

Mar. 



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POLLY: 



Mor. Meer downright BarbariatiK you fee, lieutenant. They 
have our notional honour ftill in praftice among 'em. 

f^afn. We muft beat civilizing into 'em, to make 'em capable 
of common Ibciety, and common converfation. 

Mor, Stubborn prince, mark me well. Know you, I fay, 
that your life is in my power? 

Caw. I know too, that my virtue is in my own. 

Mor. Not a mule, or an old out-of-fail^on'd philofopher 
could be more obftinate. Can you feel pain ? 

Caw. I can bear it. 

Mor. I fliall try you. 

Caiv. I fpeak truth, I never affirm but what I know. 

Mor. In what condition are your troops ? What numbers 
have you? How are they difpos'd? Ad reafonably and openly, 
and you fhall find proteftion. 

Caii\ What, betray my friends I I am no coward, Euro- 
peasg. 

Mor. Torture fliall make you fqueak. 

Caiv. I have refolution ; and pain fhall neither make me lie 
or betray. I tell thee once more, European^ I am no coward. 

Fan. What, neither cheat nor be cheated ! There is no 
having either commerce or correfpondence with thefe crea- 
tures. 

Jen. We have reafon to be thankful for our good education. 
How ignorant is mankind without it ! 

Cap. I w^onder to hear the brute fpeak. 

Lag. They would make a fliew of him in England. 

Jen. Poh, they would only take him for a fool. 

Cap. But how can you exped an thing elfe from a creature, 
■who hath never i^t]\ a civiliz'd country ? Which way fhould 
he know mankind ? 

Jen. Since they are made like us, to be fure, were they in 
Evgland they might be taught. 

Eag. Why we fee country gentlemen grow into courtlerj, 
and country gentlewomen, with a little polifiiing of the town, 
in a few months become fine ladies. 

Jen. Without doubt, education and example can do, much. 

PqL How happy are thefe favages ! Who would not Willi 
to be in fuch ignorance ? \aji^e. 

Mor. Have done, I beg you, with your mufty rcfleclions : 
You but interrupt the examination. You have treafures, you 
have gold and lilver among you, I fuppofe ? 

Caw. Better it had been for us, if that fliining earth had ne= 
ver been brought to light. 

Mur. That you have treafures then you own, it feems. I am 
glad to hear you confefs fomething, 

Cav)> 



An OPERA. 39 

CavJ, But out of benevolence we ought to hide it from you. 
For, as we have heard, 'tis fo rank a poifon to you Europeans^ 
that the very touch of it makes you mad- 

A I R XLT. When bright Aurelia tripp'd the plain» 

For gold you facrifice yonr fame^ 

Tour honour^ Ufe^ and friend: 
ToH war, you fawn, you lie, you game. 
And plunder without jear or jharne ; 

Can madnefs this tranfcend ? 

Mar. Bold favage, we are nor to be infulted with your ig- 
norance. If you would fave your lives, you muil, like the 
beaver, leave behind you what we hunt you for, or we fliall 
not quit the chafe. Difcover your treafures, your hoards, for 
I will have the ranfackiiig of 'em. 

Jen.^y his feeming to fet fome value upon gold, one would 
think that he had fome glimmering of fenfe. 

AIR XLII. Pegg/s Mill, 

When gold is in hand. 

It gives us command ; 
It makes ns lov'd and refpeded, 

^'Tis now, as of yore. 

Wit and fenfe, when foor. 
Are fcorn'd o''erlook'd, and negUdcd, 

Tho'' peevijh and old. 

If women have fold, 
uhey aave youth, good-humour, and beauty : 

Among all m.ankind 

Without it we find 
Nor, love, nor favour , nor duty. 

Mor.l will have no more of thefe interruptions. Since wo- 
men will be always talking, one would think they had a chance 
now and then to talk in fealbo. Once more I ask you, obfii- 
nate, audacious favage, if 1 grant you your life, will you be 
ufeful to, us ? For you (hall find mercy upon no other terms. 
I will --bave immediate compliance, or you fliall undergo the 
torture. 

Caw. With difhonour life is nothing worth. '^ 

Mor, Furies ! I'll trifle no longer. ' 

Recitative. Sia fuggetta la plebe in Coriolan. 
Hence let him feel his fentence, 
Pain brings repentance. 

Lag. You would not have us put hiai to death, captain ? 
G Mo 



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Mor. Torture him leifurely, but feverely. I fliall ftagger 

your refolution, Indian. 

Recitative, 

Hence let him feel his fentence. 
'-Pain brings repentance. 

But hold, I'll fee him tortur'd. I will have the pleafure of ex- 
torting anfwers from him myfelf. So keep him fafe till you 
have my direftions. 

Lag. It (hall be done. 

Mor. As for you, young gentleman, 1 think it not proper 
to truft you rill I know you farther. Let him be your prifoner 
too fill I give order how to difpofe of him. 

{^Exeunt Caw. and Polly guarded. 

SCENE IX. 

Morano^ Jenny.^ Vanderhluff. 

Van. Come, noble captain, take one hearty fmack upon her 
lips, and then Iteer off; for one kifs req-uires another, and you 
will never have done with her. If once a man and a woman 
come to grappling, there's no bawling of 'em afunder. Our 
friends expeft us. 

'Jen, Nay, lieutenant Vanderhluff., he fhall not go yet. 

Van. I'm out of all patience. Inhere is a time for all things, 
Madam. But a woman thinks all times muft be fubfervient to 
her whim and humour. We fliould be now upon the 
Spot. 

Jen. Is the captain under your command, lieutenant ? 

Van. I know women better than fo. I fliall never difpute 
the command v/ith any gentleman's wife. Come, captain, a 
woman will never take the laft kifs ; flie will always want an- 
other. Break from her clutches. 

Mor. 1 muft go — But I cannot. 

AIR XLIIL Excufeme. 

Honour calls me from thy arms. ^to him. 

With glory my hofom is beating, 
;■ Vidory fummons to arms : then to arms 

( Let us hafte.^ for 'We''re fure of defeating. 

One look more — and then — • > [to her. 

[■ Oh., I am hjl again ! 

What a Power has bea?ity} 
\ But honour calls^ and I muft away. [to him. 

Btit love forbids., and I muft obey. [to her 

Tou grovj too bold; [y'^n^ii):\A\!i^ pulling him aw ay, 
( Hence., loofe your hold., [to him. 

For love claims all my duty. [to her 

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An O P E R a; '41 



They will biingus word when the enemy is in motion, I know 
my own lime, lieutenant. 

Van. Lofe the Indies then, with all my heart. Lofe the 
money, and you lofe the woman, that I can tell you, captain. 
Furies, what would the woman be at ! 

'Jen. Not fo halty and cholerick, I beg you, lieutenant. 
Give me the hearing, and, perhaps, whatever you may think 
of us, you may once in your life bear a woman fpeak tea- 
fon. 

Van. Difpatch then, and if a few words can futlsfy you, be 
brief. 

'jen. Men only flight womens advice through an over-con- 
ceit of their opinions. I am againtt ha7.arding a brittle. V/hy 
fhould we put what we have already got to ihc rifque ? We 
have money enough on board our fliips to fecure our perfons, 
and can referve a comfortable fubfiftance belides. Let us leave 
the Indies to our comrades. 

Van. Sure you are the firftof the fex that ever dinted herfelu 
in love or money. If it were confillent with our honour, her 
counfel were worth liftening to. 

Jen. Confiftent with our honour ! For fliame, lieutenant ; 
you talk downright Indian. One would take you for the fa- 
vage's brother, or coufin-germain, at leaft. You may talk 
of honour, as other great men do : But when iuterell conies 
in your way, you fhould do as other great men do. 

A I R XLIV. RubciL 

Honour plays a bubble's part^ 

Ever billed and cheated '^ 
Never in ambition's hearty 

Infrejl there is feated. < 

Honour was in ufe of yore., 

'Tho' by want attended : 
Since ''twas tailed of., and no more ; 

Lord., how times are mends dl 

Van. What think you of her propofal, noble captain .^ We 
may puih matters too far. 

Jen. Confider, ^y dear, the Indies are only treafures in ex- 
pedation. All your teniible men, now-a-days, love the ready. 
Let us feize the Ships then, and away 'lot: England, while we 
have the opportunity. 

^Van. Sure you can have nofcruple againft treachery, captain. 
'Tis as common a money-getting vice, as any in fafliion ; for 
who now-a-days ever boggles at giving up his crew? 

Mor. But the baulking of a great defign. -=- 

Q a Vatt, 



4^ POLL T: 

l^an. 'Tis better baulking our own defigns, than have 'em 
baulk'd by others ; for then our defigns and our lives will be 
cut ihort together. 

A I R XLV. Troy Town. 

When ambition s ten years toils 
Hazie heafd tip mighty hoards of gold ', 
Amid the har'vefl of the Jpoils^ 
Acquird by fraud and rapin bold^ 
Comes jujiice. The great fcheme is crojl^ 
At once wealthy life, and fame, are loft. 

This is a melancholy refleftion for ambition, if it ever could 
think reafonably. 

Mor. If you are fatisfy'd, and for your fecurity, Jenn\: For 
any man may allow that he has money enough, when he hath 
enough to fatisfy his wife. 

I^an. We may make our retreat without fufpicion, for 
they will readily impute our being mill to the accidents of 
war. 

S G E N E X. 

Morano, Jenny, Vanderhluff, Sailor. 

Sail. There is juft now news arrivM, that the troops of the 
plantation have intercepted the paffage to our fhips ; fo that 
viftory is our only hope. The Indian forces too are ready to 
march, and ours grow impatient for your prefence, noble cap- 
tain. 

Mor. I'll be with 'em. Come then, lieutenant, for death or 
the vi^orld, 

'Jen. Nay then, if affairs are defperate, nothing fhall part me 
from you. V\\ fnare your dangers. 

Mor. Since I mufl have an empire, prepare yourfelf, Jenny, 
for the cares of royalty. Let us on to battle, to vi61:ory< Hark, 
the trumpet! [fTrumpet founds. 

AIR XLVI. WeVe cheated the Parfon. 

Defpair leads to battle, no couragf fo great. 

They mufi conquer or die who''ve no retreat. 
Van. No retreat. 

Jen. ATo retreat. 

Mor, They mufi conquer or die who''ve no retreat. 

\_Exeunt, 



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45 



SCENE XI. ^ room of a poor cottage, 
Caivvjiiwkee in chains, 'PcUy. 

Pol. Unfortunate prince 1 1 cannot blame your disbelief^ 
when I tell you that I admire your virtues, and fhare in your 
misfortunes. 

Cavj, To be opprefs'd by an European implies merit. Yet 
you are an European. Are you fools? Do you believe one an- 
other ? Sure fpeech can be of no ufe among you. 

Pol. There are conftitutions that can relift a peftilence. 

Cavj. But fure vice muft be inherent in fuch conftitutions. 
You areafham'd of your hearts, you can lie. How can you 
bear to look into yourfelves ? 

'Pol. My iincerity could even bear your examination. 

Cavj. You have cancell'd faith. How can I believe you? 
You are cow^ards too, for you are cruel. 

Pol. Would it were in my power to give you proofs of my 
compaffion. 

Caw. You can be avaritious. That is a complication of all 
vices : It comprehends them all. Heaven guard our country 
from the infection. 

Pol. Yet the worft men allow virtue to be amiable, or there 
would be no hypocrites. 

Cavj. Have you then hypocrify ftill among you? For all that 
I have esperienc'd of your manners is open violence, andbare- 
fac'd injuftice. Who that had ever felt the fatistadion of vir- s 
tue would ever part with it ? 

AIR XLVII. T^anio tahto. 

Virtue'' s treasure 

Is a pleafure., 
Chefrful even amid dijlrefs'^ 

Nor pain.^ nor crojjes.^ 

Nor griefs nor lojjes., 
Nor death itfelf^ can tnake it lefs ; 

Here relying^ 

Suff"'ringy dyings 
Honejl fouls find all rsdrefs. 

Pol. My heart feels your fentiments, and my tongae longs 
to join in 'em. 

Caw, Virtue'' s treafure 
Is a pk.3fure^ 



Cheer- 



44 P L L ri 

Pol. Cheerjul even amid dijlrefsi 

Caw. Nor fain nor crojfes^ 

Pol. Nor grief nor lojjes^ 

Caw. Nor death it f elf can make it lefs, 

Pol Here relying., 

Cazsj. Suffering., dying. 

Pol. lionejl fouls find all redrefs. 

Cam. Having this, I want no other confolation. I am pre- 
par'd for all misfortane. 

Tol. Had you means of efcape, you could not refufe it. 
To preferve your life is your duty. 

Cavj. By diflioneft means, I fcorn it. 

'Pol. But ftratagem is allow'd in war; and 'tis lawful to ufe 
all the weapons employ'd againft you. You may fave your 
friends from afflidion, and be the inftrument of refcuing your 
Country. 

Caw. Thofe are powerful Inducements. I feek not volun- 
tarily to relign my life. While it lafts, I would do my duty, ■ 

Pol. I'll talk with our guard. What induces them to rapine 
and murther, will induce *em to betray. You may offer them 
what they want ; and from no hands, upon no terms, corrup- 
tion can refift the Temptation. 

Caw. I have no skill. Thofe who are corrupt themfelves, 
know how to corrupt others. You may do as you pleafe. 
But whatever you promife for me, contrary to the European 
cuftom, I will perform. For though a knave may break his 
word with a knave, an honeft tongue knows no fuch Diltinc- 
tions. 

Pol. Gentlemen, I defire fome conference with you, that 
may be for your advantage. 

SCENE XII. 

Polly^ Caivwawkee., Laguerre., Capflern. 
Pol. Know you that you have the Pndian prince in your 
cuftody? 

hag. Full well. 

Pol. Know you the treafures that are in his power? 

hag. I know too that they fhall foon be ours. 

'Pol. In having him in your pofTeflion they are yours. 

hag. As how, friend } 

Pol. He might well reward you. 

hag. For what.'* 

Pol. For his liberty. 

C^u'.Yes, European., I can, and will reward you. 

Cflf, He's a great mao, and I trnfl: no fuch promifes. 



Ari O P E R A. 45 

Cavj. I bavefaid it, European: And an Indians heart is al- 
ways anfwerable for "his words. 

Pol. Think of the chance of war, gentlemen. Conqueft is 
not fo fure when you fight againft thofe who fight for their 
liberties. 

Lag. What think you of the propofal ? 

Cap, The prince can give us places; he can make us all 
great men. Such a profped I can tell you, Lagucrre.^ would 
tempt our betters. 

Lag. Belides, if we are beaten, we have no retreat to our 
Ships. 

Cap. If we gain our ends, what matter how we come by it? 

Lag. Every man for himfelf, fay I. There is no being even 
with mankind, without that univerfal maxim. Coniiderj 
brother, we run no rifque. 

Cap, Nay, I have no objedions. 

Lag. If we conquer'd, and the booty were to be divided 
among the crews, what would it amount to ? Perhaps this 
way we might get more than would come to our Ihares. 

Cap. Then too, I always lik'd a place at court. I have a 
genius to get, keep in, and make the moft of an employment. 

Lag. You vi'ill conlider, prince, our own politicians would 
have rewarded fuch meritorious fervices : We'll go off with 
you. 

Cap. We want only to be known to be employed. 

Lag. Let us unbind him then. 

Pol. 'Tis thus one able politician outwits another ; and we 
admire their wifdom. You may rely upon the prince's word, 
as much as if he was a poor man, 

C0p. Our fortunes then are made. 

AIR XLVIir. Down in a meadow. 

Pol. The fportfmen keep haivks., and their quarry they gain \ 
'Thus the iJJoodcock^ the partridge^ the pheafant is- /lain. 
JVhat care and expence jor their hounds are employ d I 
Thus the fox., and the hare^ and the flag are deflrofd. 
The [pa7uel they cherijh., whofe flattering way 
Can as well as their rnajlers cringe ., fawn^ and betray. 
Thus fianch politicians., look all the world round^ 
Love the men who canferve as hawkj fpaniel^ or hound, 

[Exeunt. 



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ACT III. SCENE I. 

The Indian Camp. 
Pohetohee^ Attendants.^ Ducat. 

Ind. Sir, a party from the Briti/h fadory have joinM us. 
Their chief attends your majefty's orders for their difpofition. 

'Tohe. Let them be pofted next my command ; for 1 would 
be wimcfs of their bravery. But firft let their officer know I 
would fee him. [Exit Indian. 

. Enter Ducat. 

Due. I would do all in my power to ferve your majefty. I 

have brought up my men, and now, Sir, I would fain 

give up. 1 fpeak purely upon your majefty's account. For as 
JO courage, and all that -- - - 1 have been a colonel of the mi- 
litia thefe ten years. 

^oh. Sure, you have not fear. Are you a man? 

tDuc. A married man, Sir, who carries his wife's heart about 
him, and that indeed is a little timorous. Upon promife to 
her, I am engag'd to quit in cafe of a battle ; and her heart hath 
ever govern'd me more than my own. Befides, Sir, fighting 
is not cur Bufinefs; we pay others for fighting; and yet 'tis 
well known we had rather part with our lives than our money. 

"Po/j. And have you no fpirit then to defend iti* Your fami- 
lies, your liberties, your properties are at ftake. If thefe can- 
not move you, you muft be born without a heart. 

Due. Alas, Sir, we cannot be anfwergble ^or human In- 
firmities. 

AIR. XLIX. There was an old man, and he liv'd^ 

What man can on virtue or courage repofe.. 

Or guefs if the tojuh ^tvj'iil abide ? 
Juike gold., if intrinjick fure no body knoivs^ 

Till weighed in the Ballance and tryd. 

^oh. How different are your notions from ours ! We think 

virtue, honour, and courage, as effential to man as his limbs, or 

fenfcs ; and in every man we fuppofe the qualities of a man, 

till we have found the contrary. But then weregard him only 

-as a brute in difguife. How cuftom can degrade nature 1 

^uc. Why fhould I have any more fcruples about myfelf, 
than about my money? Jf I can make my courage pafs current, 
what matter is it to me whether it be true or falfe? 'Tis Time 
enough to own a man's tailings when they are found out. If 
your majefty then will not difpenfe with my duty to my wife^ 

withf 



An OPERA. 47 

with permiffion, I'll to my poft. 'Tis wonderful to me that 
kings ever go to war, who have fo much to lofe, and nothing 
eflential to get. ^Exit. 

SCENE 11. 

^ohetohee^ Attendants . 

Poh. My fon a prifonerl Tortur'd, perhaps, and Inhumanly 
butcher 'd ! Human nature cannot bear up againft fuch afflic- 
tions. The war muft fuffer by his abfence. More then is re- 
quir'd from me. Grief raifes my refolution, and calls me to 
relieve him, or to a juft revenge. What mean thofe fhouts > 

[_Enter Indian* 

Ind. The prince, Sir, is return'd. The troops are animated 
by his prefence. With fome of the pyrates in his retinue, he 
waits your majefty's commands. 

SCENE IIL 

'Pohetohee^ Cavjwavjkee^ Polly^ Laguerre^ Capjlern^ &c. 

Poh. Vi6lory then is ours. Let me embrace him. Wel- 
come, my fon. Without thee my heart could not have felt a 
triumph. 

Cavj. Let this youth then receive your thanks. To him are 
owing my life arid liberty. And the love of virtue alone 
gain'd me his friendfliip. 

Poh. This hath convinc'd me that an European can be ge- 
nerous and honeft. 

Cavj. Thefe others, indeed, have the paffion of their coun- 
try. I owe their fervices to gold, and my promife is engag'd 
to reward them. How it gauls honour to have obligations to 
a diflionourable man ! 

Lag. I hope your majefty will not forget our fervices.^ 

Poh. I am bound for my fon's engagements. 

Caw. For this youth, I will be anfwerable. Like a gem 
found in rubbifh, he appears the brighter among thefe his Coun- 
trymen. 

AIR L. Iris k plus charmante.^ 

Love with beauty is flyings 
At once "'tis hlooming and dyings 
But allfeafons defying., 
Friendpip Injis on the yeat\ 
Love is by long enjoying^ 

Cloying ; 
' Friendjhip^ enjoy d the longer^ 

Stronger. 
may the flame divine 
Bnrn in s'our breall like mini ! 



48 



P L L T 



'Pol. Mofl: noble prince, my behaviour fliall juftify the good 
opinion you have of me; and my friendfliip is beyond profef- 
lions. 

Poh. Let thefe men remain under guard, till after the battle. 
All promifes fliali then be made good to you. 

\_Ex. Pyr. guarded. 

S C E N E IV. 

Poheto/see., Cawvjawkee^ ^ollyi, 

Caw. May this young man be my companion in the war. 
As a boon I requell it of you. He knows our caufe is juft, 
and that is fufficient to engage him in it. 

To/:j. I leave you to appoint him his command. Difpofe of 
him as you judge convenient. 

Pol. To fall into their hands is certain torture and death. 
As far as my youth and ftrength will permit me, you may rely 
upon my duty. 

Enter Indian. 
Ifid. Sir, the enemy are advancing towards us. 
Poh. Vidory then is at hand. Juflice prote6ts us, and cou- 
rage fliall fupport us. Let us then to our pods. {^Exeunt, 

S G E N E V. rh(^ Field of Battle. 

Culver In .f Hacker, Pyrates. 

AIR LI. There was a Jovial Beggar. 

1 Pyr. When horns .^ with cheerful found^ 

'Proclaim the adiive day ; 
Impatience warms the hound^ 
He burns to chafe the prey. 
Chorus. Thus to battle we will go^ &c. 

2 Pyr. How charms the trumpets breath! 

The brave^ with hope Poffefs'^d.^ 
Forgetting wounds and death .^ 
Feel conqucfl in their breafl. 
Chorus. Ihus to battle^ &c. 

Cul. But yet I don't fee, Brother Hacker., why we fhould be 
commanded by a Negroe. 'Tis all along of him that we are 
led into thefe difficulties. I hate this land fighting. I love to 
have lea room. 

Hac. We are of the council, brother. If ever we get on 
board again, my vote (hall be for calling of him to account for 
thefe pranks. Why fhould we be fuch fools to be ambitious 
of fatisfying another's ambition.^ 

Ctil. Let us mutiny, I love mutiny as well as my wife. 

I Pyr^ 



'An O P E R A. 4^ 

I S^yr, Let us mutiny. 
2^yr. Ay, let us mutiny. 

Hac. Our captain takes too much upon him. I am for no 
engroller of power* By our articles he hath no command, 
but in a fight, or in a florm. Look'ee, brothers, I am for mu- 
tiny as much as any of you, when occafion offers. 

Cul. Right, brother, all in good feafon. The pafs to our 
l?iips is cut off by the troops of the plantation. We muitfight 
the Indians firfl, and we have a mutiny good afterwards. 

Hac. Is Morano dill with his doxy ? 

Cul. He's yonder on the right, putting his troops in order 
for the onfet. 

Hac, I wifli this fight of ours were well over. For, to be 
fure, let foldiers fay what they will, they feel more pleafure 
after a battle than in it. 

Cul. Does not the drum-head here, quarter-mader, tempc 
you to fling a merry main or two } {takes dice out of his pocket. 

Hac. If I lofe my money, I fhall reimburfe myfelf from the 
Indians. I have fer. 

Cul. Have at you. A nick. \3'^^g^- 

Hac. Throw the dice fairly out. Are you at me again 1 

Cul. I'm at it. Seven or eleven, {flings']^ eleven. 

Hac. Furies! A manifell cog ! I won't be bubbled, Sir, This 
would not pafs upon a drunken country gentleman. Death, 
Sir, 1 won't be cheated, 

Cul. The money is mine. D'you take me for a fharper,Sir? 

Hac Yes, Sir. 

Cul. I'll have fatisfadion, 

Hac. With all my heart. Vf^g^^'^'^S.^ 

SCENE VI. 

Hacker .^ Culverin^ 'Pyrates^ Morano.^ Vanderhluff^ &C, 
Mor. For fhame, gentlemen! {-parting th em .^ is this a time 
for private quarrel ? Wha> do I fee ! Dice upon the drum-head ! 
Vi you have not left off thofe cowardly tools, you are untvor- 
thy your profelfion. The articles you have fworn to, prohibit 
gaming for money, Friendfliip and fociety cannot fubfift where^ 
it is praftis'd. As this is the day of battle, I remit your penal- 
tics : But let me hear no more of it. 

Ctil, To be call'd fliarper, captain ! is a reproach that no man 
of honour can put up, 
Hac. But to be one, is what no man of honour can pra6tice, 
Mor. If you will not obey orders, quarter-maffer, this pifl;ol 
fhall put an end to xho. difpute. {claps it to his head.'\ The com- 
mon caufe now requires- your agreement. If gaming is fo 
rife, I don't wonder that treachery flill fubfifts among you, 
^^f. Who is treacherous.^ 

H 2, I^or. 



;50 POLL T: 

Mor. Capflern and Laguene have let the prince, and the 

{tripling you took prifoner, ei'cape; and are gone off with them 
to x.\\Q Indians/ Upon your duty, gentlemen, this day depends 
our all. 

Cul. Rather than have ill blood among us, \ return the mo- 
ney. I value your friendfhip more. Let all animofities be 
forgot. 

i\Ior. We fliould be Indians among ourfelves, and fhew our 
breeding and parts to every body elle. If we cannot be true 
to one another, and falfe to all the world belide, there is an 
end of every great enterprise. 

Hac. We have nothing to trufl to but death or vi6tory. 

Mor, Then hey for vifilory and plunder, my lads I 

AIR LII. To you fair ladies. 

By bolder Jleps we win the race, 
1 Pyr. Let^s hajle where danger calls. 
Mor. Unless ambition mends its pace^ 

It totters^ nods^ and falls, 
I Pyr. We mufi advance^ or he undone. 
IVlor. 'Think th^is^ and then the hattWs won, 
Chor. With a fa la la^ &c. 

Mor. You fee your booty, your plunder, gentlemen , The 
Indians are juft upon us. The great muft venture death fome 
way or other, and the lefs ceremony about it, in my opinion, 
the better. But why talk I of death ! Thofe only talk of it, 
who fear it. Let us all live, and enjoy our conquefts. Sound 
the charge. 

AIR LIIL Prince Eugene's march. 

When the tyger roams ^ 
And the jimorous flock is in his TjieWy 

Fury foams J . .j 

He thirfts for the blood of the crew. 
His greedy eyes he throws .^ 
Thirfl with their number grows., 
On he pours., with a wide wafie purfuing. 
Spreading the plain with a general ruin^ 
Thus let us charge^ and our foes o'erturn ; 
Van, LiSt 'US on one and all! 
1 Pyr. How they fly., how they fall! 
Mor. For the war., for the prize 1 burn. 

Van. Were they dragons, my lads, as they fit brooding up- 
on treafure, we would fright them from their nefts. 

Mor. But fee, the enemy are advancing to clofe engagement. 
B-'fore the onf^t, we'll demand a parley, and if we can, ob- 
tain 



An O P E R A. 51 

tain honourable terms ----- We are overpower 'd by numbers, 
and our retreat is cut off. 

SCENE VIL 

Enter Fohetohee^ Cawwatukee, Polly, &c, with the Indian 
Army drawn up agmnji 'the Pyraies. 
Fob. Our hearts are all ready. The enemy halts» Let the 
trumpets give the fignal, 

AIR LIV. The marlborough. 

Caw. IfethefujordofjuJlicedravjiTig^ 

'Terror caft in guilty eyes; 
; In its beam fal[e courage dies \ 

^Tis like lightening keen and awing. 
Charge the foe ^ 
Lay them low. 
On then andjlrike the blow. 
Hark, 'viilory calls us. See, guilt is difmayd : 
The Tjillain is of his own confcience afraid. 
In your hands are your li'ves and your liberties held^ 
The courage of virtue was never repeWd, 
Pyr. Our chief demands a parley. 
Poh. Let him advance. 

Art thou, Morano, that fell man of prey % 
That foe to jujlice'^. 
Mor, Tremble and obey. 

Art thou great PohetoheeyTy/V? 
Poh, the fame. 

I dare avow my aSlions and my name. 

Mor. Thou know'ft then, king, thy fon there was my pri- 
foner. Pay us the ranfom we demand, allow us fafe paffage 
to our fhips, and we will give you your lives and liberties, 

Poh. Shall robbers and plunderers prefcribe rules to right 
and equity? Infolent madman! Compolition with knaves is 
bafe and ignominious. Tremble at the fword of juftice, rapa- 
cious brute. 

AIR LV, Les rats. 

Mor, Know then, war^s my pleafure. 

Am 1 thus controWdl 
Both thy heart and treafure 

Pll at once unfold. 
Tou, like a mifer, fcraping^ hiding, 
Rob all the world; you're but mines of gold. 

Rage my hreaji alarms ; 
War is by kings held right-deciding ; 

Then to arms, to arms; 
With this fword Pll force your hold, By 



52 P L L T: 

By thy obftinacy, king, thou haft provok'd thy fate; and Co 
expedl me. 

Fob. Rapacious fool; by thy avarice thou Ihalt perilh. 

Mor. Fall on, 

'Foh. For your lives and liberties. [fig^fi Pyrates hat off^ 

SCENE VIII. 

Ducats 
Due. A flight wound now would have been a good certifi- 
cate; but who dares contradid a foldier ? 'Tis your common 
foldiers who muft content themfelves with mere fighting ; but 
'tis we officers that run away with the moft fame as well as 
pay. Of all fools, the fool-hardy are the greateft, for they are 
not even to be trufted with themfelves. Why Ihould we pro- 
Toke men to turn again upon us, after they are run away ? For 
my own part, I think it wifer to talk of fighting, than only to 
be talk'd of. The fame of a talking hero will fatisfy me; the 
found of whofe valour amazes and aftoniflies all peaceable 
men, women, and children. Sure a man may be allow'd a 
little lying in his own praile, when there's fo much going about 
to his difcredit. Since every other body gives a man lelspraife 
than he deferves, a man, in jufticeto himfelf, ought to make 
up deficiencies. Without this privilege, we Ihould have fewei: 
good chara6ters in the world than we have. 

AIR LVI. Mad Robin. 

Ho-v) fault lefs does the nymph appear^ ^ ..-.^•A 

:^ When her oivn hand the p'ldure draws ! _, 

But all others only fmear 
Her zurinckks, cracks^ and flaws. ' Ti 

^- Self-flattery is our claim and right ^ ''' 

het men fay what they will\ 
Sure we may fet our good in fights 
When neighbonrs fet our ill. 

So, for my own part, I'll no more truft my reputation in my 
neighbour's hands than my money. But will turn them both 
myfelf to the belt advantage. 

S G E N E IX. 

Fohetohee^ Cawwawkee^ Ducat^ Indians. 
Toh. Had Morano been taken or flain, our vi6tory had been 
compleat. 

^uc. A hare may efcape from a maftiif. I could not be a 
greyhound too. 
Poh. How have you difpos'd of the prifoners? 
Caw. They are all under fafe guard, till the lying's juftice,^ 

by 



An O P B R a: 53 

by their exemplary punifliment, deters others from the like 
barbarities. 

Voh. But all our troops are not as yetreturn'd from the pur- 
fuit: I am too for fpeedy juftice, for in that there is a fort of 
clemency. Befides, I would not have my private thoughts 
worried by mercy to pardon fuch wretches. I cannot be an- 
fwerable for the frailties of my nature. 

Caw. The youth who refcu'd me from thefe cruel men is 
miffing; and amidft all our fuccelTes I cannot feel happinefs. 
I fear he is among the flain. My gratitude interefled itfelf fo 
warmly in his fafety that you mud pardon my concern. What 
hath viftory done for me ? I have loft: a friend. 

AIR LXVII. Thro^ the wood laddj. 

As fits the fad turtle alone on thefpray^ 

His Heart fore ly beating^ 

Sad murmur repeatwg^ -J^ 

Indulging his grief for his confort aflray ; 
For force or death only could keep her away. J 

l^ow he thinks of the fowler^ and every fnare ; 

If guns have not flain hsr^ 

The net mufl detain heri^ 
Thus he'll rife in my thoughts ^ every hour with a tear^ 
iffafe from the battle he do not appear, 

^oh. Dead or alive, bring me intelligence of him; for I 

fhare in my fon's affliftion, \_Exit Indian. 

liuc. I had better too be upon the fpot, or my men may* 

embezzle fome of the plunder which by right fhould be mine. 

\_Exit. 
Enter Indian. 
Ind, The youth, Sir, with a party, is juft return'd from the 
purfuit. He's here to attend your majefty's commands. 

SCENE X. 

Pohetohee^ Cawwawkee^ Polly, Indians, 
Caw. Pardon, Sir, the warmth of my friendfhip, if I fly to 
meet him, and for a moment intercept his Duty. [Embracing^ 

AIR LVIIL Clafp^d in my dear Melinda's arms, 

r^ol. Viiiory is ours. 

Caw. . — My fond heart is at reft, 

Pol . Friendjbip thus receives its gueft. 

Caw. what tranfport fills my Breaji ! 
Pol. Conqueft is compleat^ 

Caw. Now the triumph'' s great. 

Pol. In your life is a nation bleft. 

Caw. In your life Vm of allpofl'ef'd. 



54 I' L L T: 

Toh. The obligations my foil hath receiv'd from you, makes 
me take a part in his friendfhip. In your fafety vi6lory has 
been doubly kind to me. If Morano hath eicap'd, juftice only 
refervcs him to be puniffi'd by another hand. 

Pol. In the rout, Sir, I overtook him, flying with all the 
cowardice of guilt upon him. Thoufands have falfe courage 
enough to be vicious; true fortitude is founded upon honour 
and virtue; that only can abide all tefts. I made him my pri- 
foner, and left him without under ftri6l guard, till I receiv'd 
your majefty's commands for his difpofal. 

'Poh. Sure this youth was fent me as a guardian. Let your 
prifoner be brought before us. 

SCENE XL 

Vohetohee^ Caivwawkee^ Pully.^ Morand guarded. 

Mor. Here's a young treacherous dog now, who hangs the 
husband to c©me at the wife. There are wives in the world 
who would have undertaken that affair to come at him. Your 
fon's liberty, to be fure, you think better worth than mine; 
fo that I allow you a good bargain if I take my own for his 
ranfom, without a gratuity. You know, king, he is my deb- 
tor. 

Fob. He hath the obligations to thee of a llieep who hath 
•hath efcap'd out of the jaws of a wolf, beaft of prey ! 

Mor. Your great men will never own their debts, that's 
certain. 

Voh. Trifle not with juflice, impious man. Your barbari- 
ties, your rapine, your murders are now at an end. 

Mor. Ambition muft; take its chance. If I die, 1 die in my 
vocatron. 

AIR LIX. Parfon upon Dorothy. 

"The foldiers^ who hy trade mujl dars 

The deadly cannon s founds ', 
Tou may befure.^ betimes prepare 

Forjatal blood and wounds. 
"The men who with adveniraus dance.. 

Bound from the Cord on high.^ 
Mufl own they have the frequent chance 

By broken hones to die. 
Since rarely then 

Ambiticus men 
Like others lofe their breath \ 

Like the fe., I hope., 

They know a rope 
Is but their natural death. 

We muft all take the common lot of our profefllons. 



An O P E R A. 55 

Poh. Would your European laws have fuffer'd crimes like 
thefe to have gone unpunifh'd 1 

Mor. Were all I am worth fafely land, I have wherewithal 
to make almoft any crime fit eafy upon me, 

"Poh. Have ye notions of property ? 

Mor. Of my own. 

Fah. Would not your honeft induftry have been fufficient to 
have fupported you > 

Mor. Honeft induftry ! I have heard talk of it indeed among 
the common people, but all great genius's are above it. 

Foh. Have y©u no refpedt for virtue? 

Mor. As a good phrafe, Sir ; but the pratlifers of it are fo 
infignicant and poor, that they are feldom found in the bell 
company. 

Voh. Is not wifdom efteem'd among you? 

Mor. Yes, Sir: But only as a ftep to riches and power; a 
ftep that raifes ourfelves, and trips up our neighbours, 

Poh. Honour and honefty, are not thofe diltinguilli'd? 

Mor. As incapacities and follies. How ignorant are thefe 
Indians ^ But indeed I think Honour is of fome ufe ; it ferves 
to fwear upon, 

"Poh. Have you no confcioufnefs? Have you no fliame? 

Mor. Of being poor. 

"Poh. How can ibciety fubCfl: with avarice! Ye are but the ., 
forms of men. Hearts would thruft you out of their herd up- 
on that account, and man ftiould call you out for your brutai 
difpofitions. 

Mor. Alexander the great was more fuccefsful; that's all. 

AIR LX. The collier has a daughter. 

When right or wrongs decided 

In VJar or ciiiil caufes^ 

We by fuccefs are guided 

To blame or give appla^fes. 

'Thus men exalt Ambition^ 

In power by all commended., 

But when it falls from high condition^ 

Tyburn is well attended. 

^oh. Let juflice then take her courfe, I fhall not interfere 
with her decrees. Mercy too obliges me to proteft my coun- 
try from fuch violences. Immediate death fhall put a Hop to 
your further mifchiefs. 

Mor. This fentence indeed is hard : Without the common 
forms of trial ! Not fo much as the counfel of a Newgate at- 
torney ! Not to be able to lay out my money in partiality and 
evidence! Not a friend perjur'd for 'me! This \i hard, vc'ry 
hard» 

I Vjh, 



56 POLL T: 

Fob. Let the fentence be put in execution. Lead him to 
death. Let his accomplices be ■witnefTes of it, and afterwards 
let them be fecurely guarded till farther orders. 

AIR -LXI. Mad Moll 

Mor. y^ll crimes are judgdUke fornication -^ 

While rich we are honcji no doubt. 
Fine ladies can keep reputation^ 

Poor laJJ'es alone are found out. 
If jufiice had piercing eyes^ 

Like ourfehes^ to look within^ 
She'd find power and wealth a difguife 

That Jbelter the worjl of our kin. _ [_Exit, guarded, 

SCENE XIL 

(Pohetohce^ Cawwawkee^ ^olly. 

Poh. How fhall I return the obligations I owe you ? Every 
thing in my power you may command. In making a requeft, 
you confer on me another benefit ; for gratitude is obliged by 
occalions of making a return : And every occafion eiuft be 
agreeable ; for a grateful miftd hath more pleafure in paying 
'than receiving. 

Cavj. My friendfhip too is impatient to give you proofs of it. 
How happy Vv-ould you make me in allowing me to difchz^r.ge 
that duty ! 

AIR LXI I. Prince George, 

All Friendjhip is a mutual deht^ 
Pol. The contractus inclination : 

Caw. We never can that bond forget^- - . 

Offwect rciahation. 
Pol. /Ill day^ and every day the fame. 

li e arc paying.^ and flill owing ; 
Caw. By turns zve grant .^ by turns we claim 

The -pleafure of beflowing. 
_Borh By items we grant ^ &c. 

. jPo/. The pleafure of having ferv'd an honourable man is a 
fufficient return. My misfortunes, I fear, arebeyond relief. 

Caw. That ligh makes- me Itiffer. If you have a want let 
me know it. 

Poh. \i it IS in a king's power, my power will make me 
happy. 

> Cavj. If you believe me a friend, you are unjuft in conceal- 
ing your diftreffes from me. You deny me the priviledge of 
friend fliip ; tor I have a right to fliare them, or redrefs them. 

Poh. Can my ireafures make you happy } ' 

Vol 



An O P E R A, 57 

Pol Thofs who have them not thiak they can ; thofe who . 
have them know they cannot. 

Poh. How unlike his countrymen 5 

Cavj. While you conceal one want from me, I feel every 
want for you. Such obllinacy to a friend is barbarity. 

Po/. Let not my refledion interrupt the joys of your triumph. 
Could I have commanded my thougfits, I would have reicrved 
them for folitude. 

Cavj. Thofe fighs, and tliat refervednefs, are fymptoms of a. 
heart in love : A pain that I am yet a (Granger to. 

Pol. Then you have never been compleatly WTetched, 

AIR LXIIL Blithe Jackey young and gay. 

Can words the pa'm expfefs, 

Which absent lovers knovj ? 
He only mine can guefs 

lVho[e heart hath felt the •woe. 
^T'is doubt ^ fnfpicion^fear^ 

Seldom h'jpe^ oft'' defpair ; 
'TzV jeatoufy^ ''tis rage^ in briefs 

''Tis every pang and grief 

Caw, But does not love often deny itfelf aid and comfort, 
by being too obftinately fecret ? 

Pol. One cannot be too open to generofity ; that is a fun of 
univerfal benignity. In concealing ourfelves from it we but 
deny ourfelves the bleffings of its influence. 

AIR LXIV. In the fields in froft and fnow, 

'The modejl lilly^ like the tmiid^ 

Its pure bloom defending^ 
Is of noxious dezus afraid^ 

Soon as even's defcend'tng, 
Clos'd all nighty 
Free from blight^ 
It preferves the native vjhite ; 
But at morn unfolds its leaves^ 
And the vital fun receives. 
Yet why fliould I trouble your majefty with the misfortunes of 
fo inconfiderable a wretch as I am ? 

Poh. A king's beneficence fhould be like the fun ; the moft 
humble weed ITiould feel its influence, as well as the moft gau- 
dy flower : But I have the neareft concern in any thing thai- 
touches you. 

Pol. You fee then at your feet the moft unhappy of women. 

Ik'^eels^ he ra'ifes her, 
■Caw, A woman ! Oh my heart \ 

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Fob. A woman ! 

PoL Yes, Sir, the mofl: wretched of her fex. In love! mar- 
ried ! abandon'd ! and in defpair ! 

Fob. What brought you into thefe countries? 

Pj/. To find my husband. Why had not the love of virtue 
directed my heart ? But, alas ! 'tis outward appearance alone 
that generally engages a woman's affedions ! And my heart is 
in the pofleffion of the moft profligate of mankind. 

Py/y. Why this difguife ? 

Pol. To proted me from the violences and infults to which 
xny fex might have expos'd me. 

Caw. Had fhe not been married I might have been happy. 

[ylftde. 

Pol. He ran into the madnefs of every vice: I deteft his prin- 
ciples, tbo' J am fond of his perfon to diftradlion. Could your 
comm;mds for fearch and enquiry rcftore him to me, you re- 
ward me at once with all my wiflies ; for fure my love ftill 
might reclaim him. 

Caw. Had you conceal'd your fex, I had been happy in your 
friendfhip; but now, how uneafy, how reltlefs is my heeart ! 

A I R LXV. Whilft I gaze on Chloe, 

IVhilJl I gaze in fond dejirin^^ 

Every former thought ts lofl ; 
Sighing.^ vj'tjhing.^ and admiring.^ 

How mv troubled foul ts toft ! 
Hot and cold my blood is flowmg^ 

How itthrills m every vain ! -^ 

Liberty and life are going., 

Hope can ne^er relieve my pain. 

Enter Indian; 

Ind. The reft of the troops, Sir, are returned from the pur- 
fuir with more prifoners. They attend your majefty's com- 
miinds. 

Pjh. Let them be brought before us. \_Ex. Ind.] Give not 
yourfelfup to defpair for every thing in my power you may 
command. ' [^toVo]. 

Caw. And every thing in mine : But, alas, I havq none ; for 
I am not in my own ! 



SCENE 



OPERA, 59 

SCENE XIIL 

Tohetohee^Cawvjavjkee^ Poily^ Ducat ^ Je^ny guarded, C5"V, 

^eK. Sparc my husband ; Morano is my husband. 

Voh. Then 1 have reliev'd you from the fociety of a men- 
fler. 

Jen. Alas, Sir, there are many husbands who are furious 
monllers co the reft of mankind, that are the tamed creatures 
ah"ve to their wives. I can be anfwerable for his duty and 
fubmiffion to your majcfty ; for I know I have fo much power 
over him, that I* can even make him good. 

Poh. Why then had you not made him fo before ? 

Jen. I was, mdeed, like other wives, too indulgent to him ; 
and as it was agreeable to my own humour, I was loth to baulk 
his ambition. I muft, indeed, own too, that 1 had the frailty of 
pride ; but where is the woman who hath not an inclination to 
be as great, and as rich as fhe can be ? 

Poh. With how much eafe and unconcern thefe Europeans 
talk of vices, as if they were necellary qualificationsf 

AIR LXVI. The Jamaica, 

Jen, "Thefex^ we fiad^ 
Like mefi^ incliiid 
To guard againji reproaches ; 
And none negleii 
'To pay refped 
To rogues who keep their coaches. 

Indeed, Sir, I had determin'd to be honeft myfelf, and to have 
madehim fo too, as foon as I had put myfelf upon a reafonable 
foot in' the world ; and that is more felf-denial than is com- 
monly praftis'd. 

Poh. Woman, your profligate fentimcnts offend me ; and 
you deferve to be cut off from fociety, with your husband. 
Mercy would be fcarce excu fable in pardoning you. Have 
done then, Morano is now under the ftroke of juftice. 

Jen. Let me implore your majefly to refpite his fentence. 
Send me back again with him into flavery, from whence we 
efcap'd. Give us an oacafion of being honed, for we owe 
our lives and liberties to another. 

^uc. Ves, Sir, I find fome of my run-away flaves among 
the crew; and I hope'my fcrvices, at leall, will allow me to 
claim mv own again. 

Jen. M>rano., Sir, Imufl: confefs, hath been a free liver, and 
a man of fo many ^gallantries, that no woman could efcape 
him. If Muheath\ misfortunes were known, the whole fex 
would be in tears. 



'So P L L T] 



Pol. Mtcl 

Jen. He is no black, Sir, but under that difguife, for my 
fake, skreen'd himfelf from the claims and importunities of 
other women. May love intercede for him ! 

Pol. M.icheathl is it poffible? Spare him, fave him, I ask no 
other reward. 

Poh. Hafte, let the fentence be fufpended. {Ex. Ind. 

"■ToL Fly ; a moment may make me miferable. Why could 
not 1 know him ? All his diilrefTes brought upon him by my 
hand! Cruel love, how couldft thou blind me fo? 

AIR LXVIL Tweed Side. 

I'be fiag, when chas'gi all the long day. 
' Wer the lavjn, thro" the forejl atid brake ; 

"Now panting for breath., and at bay., 

Now ftemmiMg the river or lake : 
When the treacherous [cent is all cold., 

And at eve he returns to his hind., 
Can her joy., can her pleasure be toldA 

Such joy and fuch plcafure I find. 

Bat, alas ! now again refledion turns fear upon my heart. His 
pardon may come too late, and I may never fee him more. 

Poh. Take hence that profligate woman. Let her be kept 
under ftrid guard till my commands. 

J-e-^. Slavery, Sir, flavery is all I ask. Whatever becomes 
pf him, fpare my life; fpare an unfortunate woman. What 
can be the meaning of this fudden turn! Confider, Sir, if a 
husband be never fo bad, a wife is bound to duty. 

Foh. Take her hence, I fay ; let my orders be obey'd. 

\^Ex.]tmi^ guarded, 

SCENE XIV. 

Pohefohee., Cavjwavjkee., Polly., Ducat^ &C. 

Pol. What, no news yet ? Not yet return'd ! 

Cavj. If Juftice has overtaken him, he was unworthy of 
:^-ou. 
' 'Pol, Not yet : O how I fear ! 

AIR LXVIIL One Evening as I k}% 

My heart for bodes he*s dead., 
That thotig^ht boiv can I bear ^. 
He ij gone.^ for ever fled; 
My foul n all defpair ! 
I fee hira pale and cold, 
The noofc hath flopped hi: breathy 
^ffjl as my dream foretold:, 
t9 had thatjleep been death'. 

SCENE. 



An O P E R A, 6i 

S C E N E XV. 

J^ohetohee^ Caivwavjkee^ Polly^ Ducat^ Indians. 
Enter Indians. 

Tol. He's dead, he's dead ! Their looks confefs it.- Your 
tongues have no need to give it utterance to confirm ray mif- 
fortunes ! I know, I fee, I feel it! Support me ! O Mja heath' 

Due, Mercy upon nie! Now I look upon her nearer, blefs 
me, it muft be Folly, This woman. Sir, is my llave, and I 
claim her as my own. I hope, if your majefty thinks of keep- 
ing her, you will reimburfe me, and not let me be a lofer/ 
She was an honeft girl to be fure, and had too much virtiieto 
thrive; for, to my knowledge, money could not tempt her. 

"Bob. And if flie is virtuous, European,, doft thou think I'll 
aft the infamous parr of a ruffian, and force her? 'Tis mj 
duty as a king to cherilh and protect virtue. 

Cavj. Juftice hath reliev'd you from the fociety of a wicked 
man. If an honeft heart can recompence your lofs, you would 
make me happy in accepting mine. I hope my father will con- 
fent to my happinefs. 

Fob. Since your love of her is founded upon the love of 
virtue and gratitude, I leave you to your own difpofal, 

Cavj. What, no reply ? 

FoL Abandon me to my forrows ; for in indulging them is 
my only relief 

Fob. Let the cheifs have immediate execution. For the 
reft, let 'em be reftor'd to their owners, and return to their 
fiavery. 

AIR XLIX. BufF-Coat. 

Caw. Why that languifh! 

Pol. be^s dead! he's loji for ever I 

Caw. Ceafe your angiiijjJ ^ and forget your grief , 

Pol. Ah^ never \ 

What air J ^^'^(^^i ^''fd Jiature ! 

Caw. How falfe in his nature ! 

PoL To virtue my love might have won him. 

Caw, Hovj bafe and deceiving.^ 

Pol. But love is believing. 

Caw, Vice,^ at lengthy as 'tis meet^ hath undone him. 
By your confent you might at the fame time give me happinefs, 
and procure your own. My titles, my treafures are all at your 
command. 

AIR LXX. An Italian Ballad. 

Pol. Frail is amhitton.^ how weak the joundatiunl 
Riches have wings as inconfiant as wind ; 
My heart is proof again/l either ten,.ftation^ 
I'^irtue,^ wiihoM tbcm^ CQUt^nfmeat can find. 

I am 



€£ P L L T: 

I am charm'd, Prince, with your generofity and virtues. 'Tfs 
only by the purfuit of ihofe we fecure real happinefs. Thofe 
that know and feel virtue, in themfelyes, muft love it in others/ 
Allow me to give a decefit time to my fofro'ws. Biit my mlf- 
fortunes at prefent interrupt the joys of viftory, 

Caiv. Fair princefs, for fo I hope fhortly to make you, per-, 
mit me to attend you, either to divide your griefs,, or, by con- 
verfation, to foften your forrows. 

Poh. 'Tis a pleafure to me, by this alliance, to recompence 
your merits. [_Ex. Caiv. and po/.J Let the fports and dances- 
chea celebrate our vidory. ;.,., :..x . [ExitM 

D A N G £ 

A I R LXXI. The temple, 

I Ind. '^rfujl'tce- long forbearing.^ ' 

Tower or riches never fearing, 
Sloiv.^ yet perfevering.^ 
Hunts the xnllaitt's pace. 
Chor. . Juftice long, Ss'f, 
'2 IndV. IVhdt tongues then defend him"^. ' • ' 

Or what fjand will fuccour lend him^ . ' 

Even his friends attend bimy ,;.' 

. 'Tu foment the chace. • 

Chor. Juliice long, ^c. . /^ 

5 Ind. Virtue., fubduing.^ . 

Humbles in rum 
All the -proud wicked race, . _ . ' ' ' * 

'Truth., ' never-failing.^ - - - : 
Mufl be prevailing.^ 
'faljhoodfoall find difgrace. 
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